Demonstrators Protest Donald Trump in Midtown
Three people were arrested for disorderly conduct at a protest against Donald Trump in Manhattan on Saturday.
There was a heavy police presence in Columbus Circle, as several hundred people gathered to speak out against the GOP frontrunner near the Trump International Hotel and Tower.
A group of demonstrators that tried to break through a police barricade was pushed back by officers, who used pepper spray.
Various groups organized the rally, including immigrants' rights activists.
Those NY1 spoke with said they wanted to stop the spread of what they believed is hateful rhetoric coming from Trump.
"My parents are immigrants from Chile, and when Donald Trump speaks I feel like he is really insulting them and stirring fear against immigrants. I grew up with friends who are Muslim, they have children now, they have families, they're Americans, and [Trump] just disrespects Americans," one protestor said.
"We don't agree with how he is handling stuff, especially since it's all hate and racism against Muslims, how he speaks against Hispanics," said another. "So I think it's really important to come."
Demonstrators took their message across Central Park South to Trump Tower before they turned back to Columbus Circle.
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