Protests as Trump opens newest hotel in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP):
Protesters planned marches yesterday in downtown Vancouver as President Donald Trump's two eldest sons attended the grand opening of their company's new hotel and condominium tower in a city known for diversity and progressive politics.
Security officers in black suits surrounded the building's entrance while police gathered on sidewalks at the soaring tower, which has drawn praise for its sleek design but has raised ethical concerns about the business interests of the new U.S. president. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and other city officials chose not to attend the ceremony in protest of Trump's policies on immigration and other matters.
"The name Trump has now become synonymous not with luxury and lifestyle, but with racism, sexism and intolerance," City Councilman Kerry Jang said.
Constable Jason Doucette said Monday that authorities expected "a number of marches" downtown throughout the day and police would ensure things remained under control.
The anti-Trump protests were set to take place outside the building while brothers Donald Jr. and Eric Trump attend opening events inside. Early yesterday morning, several protesters crowded the building's entrance, including Henry Ho, who brought signs with messages that included "Dump Trump," ''Is it 2020 yet?" and "Love Trumps Hate."
"I believe a president should be at his core a good person," the Vancouver resident said. "I don't feel like that comes from Donald Trump."
While the Trump-branded tower is a source of anger for many, the new hotel and its namesake do have some support in the region.