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A Weekend of Protests In New York City

Ellen Levitt

Posted on April 15, 2018 21:46

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The March for Science rally and march in New York City took place on Saturday, April 14 and an anti-war protest took place on Sunday, April 15. Both drew protestors of policies enacted and supported by President Trump and his administration.

This past weekend New York City played host to a large rally and a small rally, both voicing opposition to policies and viewpoints promoted by President Donald Trump, his administration and many members of Congress. Each drew vocal participants, signs and banners, and even attracted detractors who argued vociferously with participants.

On Saturday the second annual March for Science was held in several American cities, as well as cities in Europe and South Africa. The New York City gathering included a morning of activities, speeches and performances in Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village and New York University.

After this, thousands of participants marched south to the Financial District of Manhattan and carried a wide variety of posters supporting issues about science, science education, environmental issues, and related topics. Some protestors ended up in Zuccotti Park and displayed their signs and clothing with messages and logos pertaining to science. 

The sunny, warm weather helped the March for Science, and attendance was strong for its various segments. Social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter showed evidence of an energetic crowd.

On Sunday a much smaller crowd of people gathered in front of Macy's in Herald Square Park, primarily to protest the United States targeted bombing in Syria on Friday. In the mid-afternoon perhaps 150 people held signs urging peace, denouncing the U.S. bombing, and some signs also addressed foreign policy directed at other nations such as North Korea. There were also several counter-protestors here, who engaged in back-and-forth with rally members. Police officers, tourists and shoppers walked around as well, snapping photos and video of the scene, which took place under gray skies and chillier temperatures than those on Saturday.

Similar rallies were also held in Minneapolis and Oakland on Sunday, and two were held on Saturday in Atlanta and Washington, DC. 

New York City has seen other large rallies in recent months, including the March for Our Lives, and student walk-outs that took place on March 14th, a month after the horrific shooting at a high school in Florida. As well there was the huge Women's March on Saturday, January 20th in Manhattan and elsewhere. And a march is planned for April 17th, when income taxes are due. 

Current events and public discourse are adding to the number of marches and rallies, and the sheer numbers of participants, during the past year-plus. New York City is not the only city that has experienced these events, but they are particularly sizable and noticeable in New York City. 

 

Ellen Levitt

Posted on April 15, 2018 21:46

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