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In pics: Mark Ruffalo, Robert De Niro and more rally against Trump in NYC

The event, staged in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park in Manhattan, was a rally for city residents who have vowed to pursue their own policies on health care, the environment and other issues during the Trump administration.

hollywood Updated: Jan 20, 2017 09:59 IST
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Natalie Merchant, Cher, and Mark Ruffalo sing onstage during the We Stand United NYC Rally outside Trump International Hotel & Tower on January 19.
Natalie Merchant, Cher, and Mark Ruffalo sing onstage during the We Stand United NYC Rally outside Trump International Hotel & Tower on January 19.(AFP)

Actors Robert De Niro, Sally Field and Mark Ruffalo joined hundreds of other people outside a Donald Trump building on Thursday for a pre-inauguration demonstration organisers said was meant to energize those concerned about the Republican president-elect’s policies.

Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro speaks onstage. (AFP)

The event, staged in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park in Manhattan, was a rally for city residents who have vowed to pursue their own policies on health care, the environment and other issues during the Trump administration. The mayors of Minneapolis and New York attended.

Filmmaker Michael Moore speaks to thousands of people at an anti-Trump rally and protest. (AP)

“We can’t just mope,” said Bronx resident Jawanza Clark, who attended the gathering with his two sons, ages 10 and 5. “I want to give them a sense of the America they’re inheriting, the fact that they have to lift their voices up.”

Civic-mindedness was a theme throughout the evening.

Singer Cher speaks onstage. (AFP)

Movie director Michael Moore urged people to regularly call their representatives in Congress. And actor Alec Baldwin, who portrays Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” said Americans wary of Trump’s policies should become more involved.

Actor Alec Baldwin speaks onstage. (AFP)

Baldwin briefly did his Trump impression, which has drawn barbs from the president-elect.

Among the groups that helped organize the event were Greenpeace, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn.org.

People protest during a We Stand United anti-Trump rally. (AFP)

Some mayors, including New York Democrat Bill de Blasio, have made a point of defying potential Trump policies.

Academy Award-winning actor Julianne Moore speaks at the rally. (AFP)

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows New Yorkers are split on how de Blasio should deal with the Trump White House. Forty-six percent said de Blasio should try to get along with Trump, while 45 percent said de Blasio should be a national leader in opposing Trump’s policies.

Thousands of people gathered outside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan. (AFP)

Trump, a billionaire New York real estate mogul, was in Washington, D.C., where he’s scheduled to be sworn in Friday as the 45th president.

Protesters hold up signs at the rally. (AFP)

He won the election in part through his vows to pump up the American economy and end many liberal policies of the outgoing Obama administration.

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