Article by: Don Ayotte, Managing Editor
Photos by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer/ Photographer
A “RESISTANCE” rally organized by Sussex County Democratic Party activists took place at 2:30 pm on Sunday February 12th to protest newly elected President Trump’s immigration policy and crackdown of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S.
Signs critical of the President , his policies and against hate and racism in general were numerous among the crowd of approximately 300 people. Passing motorists occasionally shouted “TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!” in response.
“NO Hate NO Fear, Immigrants are Welcome Here!” was the major chant in protest of the President’s recent executive order, temporarily suspending immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries until more thorough background check policies can be implemented. The rally was mainly in opposition to the proposed wall along the U.S. – Mexico border and the nomination of Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General, as concerns were raised pertaining to his voting rights and civil rights record.
Dr. Mohammed Akter, Democratic Representative District Chairman for the 38th Representative District, said, “I am a medical Doctor and not a politician, no matter what your profession, it’s time to roll up our sleeves, it’s time to get out for the action and that’s why I’m here. “
Dr. Acker spoke about the humanitarian reasons for not closing immigration visas for refugees and of the alleged inhumane actions of President Trump on the issues of immigration and the building of a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
The rally lasted a little more than an hour and was well maintained with no profanity, disturbances, or outbursts of violence in contrast to other areas of the country. Participants subsequently marched from the Circle to Sussex County Democratic Party Headquarters on Pine Street. A large part of the group attended a strategy session, led by Sussex County Democratic Committee Chair, Jane Hovington. “If we were this organized before the election, Hillary Clinton would have been President”, she said.
Future demonstrations and other forms of political action are in the planning stage.