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Hundreds protest against Donald Trump in New York

Crowd held up posters comparing the Republican presidential frontrunner to Adolf Hitler and accused him of being racist

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Several hundred people gathered in New York on Thursday demonstrating against Donald Trump outside the smart Manhattan hotel hosting the Republican frontrunner and his rival candidates at a lavish gala.

The crowd held up posters comparing the Republican presidential frontrunner to Adolf Hitler and accused him of being racist and anti-immigration amid a heavy police presence.

“No Trump, no racism, immigrants are welcome here!” members of the gathering shouted. “New York is a no hate zone!” another slogan said.

“The GOP platform is hate and fear,” said Jason Hurd, a former soldier who founded the pacifist movement Iraq Veterans Against the War, referring to the Republican Party. “It’s all the same: be afraid of those people over there,” he added.

Hurd said he had come with a group of other former military personnel to protest against the Manhattan tycoon in the name of veterans.

The largely peaceful gathering broke up without significant incident although demonstrators mocked a journalist for TV channel Fox News.