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Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Science | By Guadalupe Butler

Mexico Stands Up to Trump

Mexico Stands Up to Trump

Thousands of Mexicans took to streets across Mexico to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Numerous protesters dressed in white and carried Mexican flags, in a show of unity against Trump, who is seeking to build a border wall and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Mexicans have called for unity in facing the challenge posed by Trump's policies, but the march featured nearly as many banners criticizing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as the new US leader.

People also protested in several other Mexican cities, such as Tijuana, Monterrey and Morelia.

He pledged to review the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), tighten the immigration laws and build a wall along the USA border with Mexico. No violence was reported. Trump and Nieto are engaged in an ongoing scuffle in which the Mexican president had cancelled his visit to meet Trump after the White House suggested proposals of taxing Mexican imports to pay for the border wall. Some signs read "Respect Mexico" and "We are all Mexico".

Looking ahead to the presidential election next year, Lopez Obrador sought to tap widespread discontent with Mexico's ruling party and resentment toward the new US president, while placing faith in Americans to resist Trump's policies.

At the march against his proposed wall, Mr Trump and his administration were the main target of the crowd's frustration.

He is leading in opinion polls for presidential elections in 2018 - and appears to be benefiting from Trump's anti-Mexican vitriol, which has badly dented the popularity of Pena Nieto and the ruling PRI party, seen by many as too conciliatory toward a bullying neighbor.

The president has repeatedly called for Mexico to foot the bill for the wall, but the country is refusing.

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