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    Thousands Rally in New York in Solidarity With General Strike Opposing Trump

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    Thousands of protesters are gathering in Washington Square Park in New York City on Friday afternoon to stand in solidarity with participants in the national general strike that has been organized in opposition to policies by the administration of President Donald Trump.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Tens of thousands of people across the United States are expected to skip work on Friday, according to media reports.

    "Today is the day of peaceful and powerful resistance to the Trump administration and power brokers," activist and protester Sonja Vilents told Sputnik. "In a way, it feels like some sort of culmination of all the actions of the last few weeks. And this is just the beginning."

    The strike was first proposed by the Guardian writer Francine Prose in late January. The measure is aimed at amplifying the impact of weeks of anti-Trump demonstrations, making them harder to ignore.

    Activist Andrew Thornebrooke organized the solidarity protest in New York City, having created a Facebook page at the beginning of the month to help organize the protest.

    Thornebrooke wrote on the page the protesters stand together with the national general strike in demanding representatives to uphold the US constitution and actively combat Trump administration language or actions that could be interpreted as unconstitutional.

    On Friday morning, 4,900 people signed up to attend the gathering at Washington Square Park while more than 16,000 stated they were interested, signaling potential attendance at the event.

    Organizers said they plan to dedicate time for public speaking, socializing and expanding organizational network to coordinate future efforts at opposing the Trump administration.

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      2007harleydavidsonsg
      By golly Bobby the natives getting restless. Well don't sell em no guns or things might get serious.
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      Once they realize that the problem isn't with Trump, but instead it is with the entire American economic and political system then we'll have a chance for some real constructive change.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Many Mexicans went to work in fear if they took off they would loose their jobs. That is why only a few thousand came out. They know if they protest and did not work then many bosses told them to stay home permanently. So millions worked which shows you when push comes to shove they have no guts to defy their bosses. The bottom line is that what ever job they have they can't afford to screw around. Deep down they realize that their jobs can be rep,aced in a heart beat and they know it.
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