99 Minutes Outside Trump Tower
Photoessay: Images taken outside of Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York from 1:40 to 3:19pm, Sunday, February 12th, 2017
These photos were taken Sunday afternoon outside Trump Tower and nearby where a handful of people were protesting Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, a group of about 100 LGBTQ protestors also marched from the Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle towards Trump Tower but the police stopped them at 57th and 5th across from Bergdorf Goodman.
A handful of people arrived at Trump Tower to protest Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
These protestors were soon dispersed by the police, who asked them to protest across the street, claiming that they were blocking the pedestrian walkway.
When protestors arrive, the police almost immediately move forward. Secret service and Trump Tower employees also file out of building, seemingly even if there’s only one or two protestors.
Of course, from across the street, those tourists and fans of Trump, who visit the Tower are much less likely to see the protestors. Neither for that matter is Donald Trump likely to see them.
This lady (below) came from Ukraine and has lived here for just over one year now. She said her son and her parents still live in Kiev.
She pointed out that all the young men killed in her poster were born in the 1980s and ‘90s. All were killed by Russian-backed militants from January 29-February 1 this year. Donald Trump has not only refrained from criticizing Putin for this invasion, he’s also said he’d consider dropping sanctions against Russia, which Obama levied after the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.
A block up 5th Avenue a crowd of about 100 LGBTQ protestors gathered at the north-east corner, though they were prevented from advancing the last block towards Trump Tower by another group of police.
They had originally planned a “make out” protest outside Trump Tower but little such affection was on display — probably due to the very wet, chilly weather. Still, their sense of humor and commitment were on display within several of the signs they carried.
Back at the Ukraine protest, a couple of young Trump supporters interacted with the protestors.
All of the interactions I observed were peaceful and respectful on both sides.
Still, several other passersby were more direct in expressing their thoughts towards Donald Trump. Or at least the building, which serves as a tall, golden metaphor for the man now residing some 232 miles away in the White House.