Organized labor and immigration groups are staging dozens of May Day demonstrations in cities throughout the nation Monday, with many groups planning to voice criticism of President Donald J. Trump and his administration.
Activists said they were seeking to amass the largest crowds to have yet turned out for U.S. immigrant rights demonstrations since Trump took office on Jan. 20. The U.S. protests focused on Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration as he presses police agencies around the country to assist federal efforts at rounding up individuals sought for deportation and threatens to withhold federal dollars for cities that do not cooperate, which have been dubbed “sanctuary cities.”
Hundreds of activists gathered in Union Square Park this afternoon to support movements like Free Palestine and Black Lives Matter, along with pro-immigration and pro-communist causes. The rally was one of today’s many May Day actions planned across the city in support of workers’ and immigrants rights.
Some of the Trump Supporters appear to have donned black garb reminiscent of the antifa, antifascist protesters who have made some well-publicized appearances at anti-Trump and anti-alt-right protests over the last few months. Still, many of them also wore “Make America Great Again” hats.
Trump supporters and members of the alt-right staged a counter-protest at a May Day rally in Union Square, New York this afternoon, where a confrontation with liberals in the park devolved into a physical altercation and arrests.
Earlier in the day, 500 protesters marched through midtown Manhattan and rallied in front of offices of Wells Fargo (WFC.N) and JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N). Twelve were arrested.
May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, has typically been a quieter affair in the United States than in Europe, where it is a public holiday in many countries.