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Hundreds of May Day Demonstrators Take to LA Streets

Monday, May 2, 2016

“And we are quite good for this country”. In Seattle, a march from the city’s central district to downtown was scheduled for the afternoon, and city officials have approved a permit for the event.

Social justice advocates in Durham, New Hampshire, said they would make the rejection of racism, xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment the themes of their annual rally.

Many participants Sunday carried signs and flags as they made their way through the city under sunny skies.

Steve Wilske, Seattle Police assistant chief, called the afternoon march “very successful”.

The rallies – in a city with a large immigrant population – comejust days after protesters smashed the window of a police carand blocked traffic in chaotic scenes outside a Trump campaignevent in Costa Mesa, California, 40 miles southeast ofLos Angeles.

About 300 people, including members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, held signs that read “Long Live May Day” and “Stop Police Terror”, and chanted “No Justice No Peace!”

Demonstrators repeatedly called out Mr Trump for his remarks about immigrants, workers and women.

The crowd planned a second rally nearby, where relatives of several Latino and black men killed by police were scheduled to speak. Past year police arrested 16 people during demonstrations and in 2014 10 people were arrested. Authorities have not issued a permit for that gathering.In Portland hundreds of people attended a Sunday rally.

Events are planned for Sunday in cities from NY to Miami to Cleveland and to Los Angeles.

According to the Facebook page for the May Day Coalition march, other groups who helped organize and support the event include Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, Black Lives Matter So-Cal, Fight For $15, and the California Nurses Association, among many others.

The rally in Los Angeles remained peaceful and drew smaller crowds than some past May Day demonstrations in the city, with several hundred people marching through downtown at one point but largely dispersing by midafternoon.

On Friday, demonstrators blocked the entrance of a hotel hosting the California Republican convention in Burlingame, south of San Francisco, forcing Trump to halt his motorcade and go through a back entrance to deliver his speech.

Traditional Aztec dancers headed up the annual El Comite May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights, stopping to perform numerous times, Sunday May 1, 2016, in Seattle.

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