Thousands protest Trump in Mexico City

Among the demonstrators were Mexican historian Enrique Krauze and the rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Enrique Graue.

The Mexican peso has taken a beating almost every time Trump insisted on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), attacked car-makers and other companies that manufacture in Mexico, or vowed to slap steep tariffs on Mexican-made goods.

Many marchers carried Mexican flags and dressed in white as a sign of unity and to signal the non-political nature of the march.

Some of the activists made a wall out of cardboard boxes at a corner of the Angel of Independence monument as a sign of rejection of the border wall Trump believes will reinforce USA national security. Some signs read "Respect Mexico" and "We are all Mexico".

Thousands of Mexicans took to the streets on Sunday (February 12) to protest against United States President Donald Trump, saying the new American leader is a menace to both the countries.

"President Pena Nieto has not been blunt with Trump and that is why we must demonstrate today and denounce Trump's racist policies", said another protestor. No violence was reported. "Just ask any American employer and you'll see".

Trump suggested that his involvement in the design of the controversial wall would help to bring down the estimated $21 billion (£16.8 billion) it will take to construct the barrier.

He had also threatened to impose a 35 percent tariff on products such as vehicles made in Mexico and announced plans to deport six million undocumented immigrants.

The president has repeatedly called for Mexico to foot the bill for the wall, but the country is refusing.

As the protests began to unfold, Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he will be visiting the United States to address both Mexicans and Americans in Los Angeles about Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric.

  • Joey Payne