NEW YORK—An anti-Trump organization announced plans Saturday night for a resistance protest against President Donald Trump when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.
Refuse Fascism told its supporters in a mass e-mail:
As Donald Trump continues to threaten ‘fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen before’ on North Korea, while standing by his comments defending white supremacists in Charlottesville, his speech to the U.N. is certain to be the speech of an absolute fascist, moving to consolidate power. This must be met with MASS resistance. Stay tuned for more details.
The e-mail adds, “In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America. Drive out the Trump/Pence regime!”
Refuse Fascism recently organized protests outside of UC-Berkeley, when conservative speaker Ben Shapiro delivered remarks Friday as well as protests outside of Trump Tower when the president first returned to his residence since being inaugurated into office.
Other anti-Trump groups have planned demonstrations in New York when the General Assembly meets. A march on Monday, Reuters reported, protesting “white supremacy” starts from Grand Central Station and Medea Benjamin’s left wing Code Pink activist group will walk to the U.N. to protest Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
A New York Police Department spokesman told Reuters security will be as tight and road closures will begin starting Tuesday.
President Trump’s first address to the annual U.N. gathering of foreign leaders happens at a time when North Korea recently fired another missile — this time over Japan — and leaders await whether the U.S. will decide to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
“The U.N. has shifted over the past several months. It’s not just about talking. It’s about action,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters Friday in the White House.
Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, discussed Friday at the White House what ideas the president plans to push forth.
“The United Nations, of course, holds tremendous potential to realize its founding ideals, but only if it’s run more efficiently and effectively,” McMaster said.
The president has until a October 15 deadline to decide if the Iranian regime has violated any parts of the agreement and if the U.S. should remain in it, The Washington Post notes.
“You’ll see what I’m going to be doing very shortly in October,” Trump told reporters Thursday when asked about the deal. “The Iran deal is one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen. Certainly, at a minimum, the spirit of the deal is just atrociously kept.”