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An anti-Trump protest will begin at a local Ford dealership and end at the U.S. consulate.

Mérida, Yucatán — While Donald Trump is being sworn in as U.S. president on Friday, a local demonstration against his foreign policy will begin at ta Ford dealership and head to the front of the U.S. Consulate.

Demonstrators, organized by the Partido Encuentro Social political party, which has proposed broad measures to strengthen local economy, such as consumer support of local companies.

The planned peaceful demonstration will occur without road closures, according to the PES press release.

The gathering begins 11 a.m. Friday in front of Ford on Prolongación Montejo, a block north of the Monumento a la Patria. Then comes a 15-minute walk to the United States Consulate on Calle 60 Norte. 

Ford’s cancelled $1.6B plant in San Luis Potosí has bewildered many people in Mexico, and both the automaker and the president elect are feeling the brunt of their anger. 

The Partido Encuentro Social, or Social Encounter Party, was founded in 2006 by the pastor of a Neo-Pentecostal church that supported Felipe Calderón in that year’s presidential election. It obtained national status in 2014.

Although not technically a religious party, membership is reportedly primarily composed of evangelical Christians.

 

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