A number of Muslims have held a demonstration outside the Trump Tower in Manhattan in New York City to protest against US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Islam.
About 100 Muslims showed up for the Iftar event late Thursday, organised by immigrant defense groups. A similar number of non-Muslim supporters also attended.
Participants sat on the edge of the avenue after prayers and shared a meal that included rice, chicken and pizza, as the police officers stood on Fifth Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the country, closely monitoring the area near the building.AFP reported.
Trump Tower in Manhattan is home to the Trump Organization, the heart of President Donald Trump’s business empire. First Lady Melania Trump lives there with the couple’s youngest son, Baron.
Fatoumata Waggeh, a 26-year-old Muslim-American woman, said she had come to denounce the negative “rhetoric they are spreading around Muslims,” and to show solidarity.
Maggie Glass, a 31-year-old New Yorker active with a Jewish refugee association, said she was there “to support all our Muslim neighbours and friends.
“I just thought it was an opportunity for us to come together as a community, to show that we are united.”
Event organiser Linda Sarsour told she was satisfied with the turnout.
She didn’t mind that unlike previous US presidents, Trump had not invited Muslims to the White House to mark Iftar.
“To be honest with you, even if they did, I would ask Muslims not to endorse an administration that is acting so divisively,” she said.
“So they are not inviting us, but we don’t want to go anyway.”
“Everyday American Muslims are confronted with bigotry and hate while commuting to work and school, applying for jobs, practising their faith and simply living their lives,” said Anu Joshi, deputy director of the New York State Immigrant Action Fund.
Trump, who has frequently been accused of fuelling Islamophobia, had so far failed in his effort to bar travellers from six Muslim-majority countries.
Last week, it became public that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turned down a request to hold a Ramadan event at his department, breaking with a 20-year-old tradition observed by both Democrats and Republicans.
During his recent visit to the Muslim summit on Islam in Riyadh, the US President toned down his inflammatory remarks about Islam which were a mainstay of last year’s election campaign.
Trump’s administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reinstate its controversial Muslim ban despite repeated setbacks in the lower courts.