The first week of the Trump administration inspired massive protests around the country, including here in New York City. Earlier this week, we shared photos from protests in Washington Square and Tompkins Square Parks But, truthfully, the crowds were so large at these demonstrations that only a 360-degree camera could do them justice. To that end, we took one to some of the larger actions throughout the city this week.
On Saturday, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) organized an “emergency rally” in Greenwich Village in response to President Trump’s executive orders suspending the United States refugee program, banning all admission to Syrian refugees permanently, and banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, even those with green cards and visas.
Last Friday, after the travel ban went into effect, 731 people were stopped from boarding planes and 109 travelers were put into detention upon arrival in US airports, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The next day, a small group of protesters at JFK swelled to thousands, as news of the detentions spread over social media. Many taxi drivers showed solidarity by striking for an hour.
On Sunday, elected officials including the mayor, governor, and senators Chuck Schumer and Cory Booker attended a rally in Battery Park. Governor Cuomo announced that six people were still being detained at JFK, including a PhD student at SUNY Stony Brook, who was on her way back to school from visiting family in Iran. (They were eventually released.) The JFK protests continued through Monday morning.
Watch the video above for a look back at these acts of resistance, and grab the screen to maneuver through the crowds.