Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Thousands march in Mexico to demand respect, reject Trump

Other Mexican cities also hosted anti-Trump marches Sunday.

Tens of thousands of Mexicans protested Sunday against US President Donald Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and his pledges to make their country pay for his "big, beautiful" border wall.

Al Jazeera's John Holman, reporting from Mexico City, said this was the first mass protest against Trump in the country.

The marchers protested Trump's plans for a border wall and increased deportations of migrants. Trump has said such raids would be focused on people who had committed crimes but many of those detained last week had no criminal records.

"This is a march for dignity", she said.

US-Mexican relations have plunged to their lowest point in decades since Trump took office on January 20.

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As the protests began to unfold, Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will be visiting the USA to address both Mexicans and Americans in Los Angeles about Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric. We'll have more on the immigration raids nationwide later in the broadcast. Some signs read "Respect Mexico" and "We are all Mexico".

Trump has insisted a wall along the almost 2,000-mile USA border with Mexico would be paid for by Mexico.

The Mexican peso has taken a beating almost every time Trump insisted on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), attacked carmakers and other companies that manufacture in Mexico, or vowed to slap steep tariffs on Mexican-made goods.

It follows the Mexican's government warning that citizens living in the U.S. face a "new reality" following the sudden deportation of a Mexican woman in Arizona who had lived in the United States for 20 years on 9 February.

About 20,000 people marched, many dressed in white, some carried Mexican flags, as a sign of unity.

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