DANBURY — Some 150 people marched through downtown Monday afternoon demanding justice and better treatment of immigrants, a rebuke to President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration.
The march began at the Hispanic Center of Greater Danbury on Harmony Street and ended with a rally at Kennedy Park.
Many marchers held handwritten signs bearing messages like “Love Thy Neighbor” and chanted phrases such as “No hate in Hat City” and “Undocumented, unafraid.”
“There’s a lot of hate going on right now,” said Rocio Perez, 35, of Danbury, who moved to the United States from El Salvador 12 years ago. “People need to know immigrants aren’t here to be hated but to be a vital part of this community.”
The Danbury event was part of a nationwide day of action calling for better rights for immigrants and workers. It was held on May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, when union members around the world traditionally march for workers’ rights. But May Day has become a rallying point for immigrants in the United States since massive demonstrations were held in 2006 against a proposed immigration enforcement bill.