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Haitian protesters voice outrage over Trump’s remarks, march across bridge to Mar-a-Lago

Haitian community members show up in large numbers at the Southern Boulevard bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in West Palm Beach Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, to protest reports of disparaging remarks made by President Donald Trump against Haiti.
Haitian community members show up in large numbers at the Southern Boulevard bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in West Palm Beach Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, to protest reports of disparaging remarks made by President Donald Trump against Haiti. The Palm Beach Post

The West Palm Beach approach to President Trump’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more.

The group gathered on the federal holiday recognizing the nation’s most recognized black activist, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and on a day on which the president himself was likely to see them as he zipped by in his motorcade just after 4 p.m.

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President Donald Trump is whisked quickly by the Southern Boulevard bridge in West Palm Beach Jan. 15, 2018, on Martin Luther King Day as Haitian community members showed up in force to protest reports of Trump’s recent disparaging remarks against Haiti. Damon Higgins The Palm Beach Post

Monday, too, was only a few days after news organizations reported that Trump, in a bipartisan meeting Thursday with lawmakers trying to craft an immigration deal, referred to African nations and Haiti as “shithole countries.’’

“We know the country (Haiti) is not a ‘shithole’ country,” said Charlemagne Metayer, a Lake Park zoning board member who came to the United States from Haiti in 1985, became a citizen and is father of four, all native to Palm Beach County.

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