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Hundreds of peace activists in New York protest against US wars, Trump

Hundreds of peace activists have taken to the streets of New York City to condemn US military involvement in the Middle East and Europe and criticize anti-Muslim statements by US presidential candidates.

The protesters gathered on Sunday near the United Nations Headquarters and chanted anti-war slogans. They also called for an end to the war in Syria and NATO expansion in Europe.

The demonstrators also condemned the rise of Islamophobia and denounced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his racist and anti-Islam speeches.

Activists with the International Action Center and other groups held anti-Trump signs, while demonstrating against hate and racism.

New York City police officers were present at the scene of the protest but no clashes occurred.

International Action Center co-director Sara Founders said the group plans to stage a protest next week at a Trump campaign in Washington, DC.

“Next Sunday in Washington DC there is a rally for Palestine at the White House and it is marching to the AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] convention,” Founders said. “Trump is scheduled to be there so that is very much going to be a focus.”

Over the past several days, Trump’s rallies have devolved into violence between supporters and protesters, and have recently become heavily secured events teeming with dozens and in some cases hundreds of police.

On Friday, thousands of demonstrators clashed with Trump’s supporters in Chicago, Illinois, resulting in Trump cancelling the event.

Trump has been widely criticized for his inflammatory rhetoric and controversial statements against Muslims, women and illegal immigrants, particularly from Mexico.

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