A protest rally outside Donald Trump's New York City headquarters has condemned the US Republican presidential hopeful over his anti-Muslim stance.
The protesters gathered Sunday at Trump's NYC tower, denouncing him over "fascism" and "racism" following his recent call that Muslims be barred from entering the United States.
"Say no to fascism. Say no to Trump," read placards held by some of the demonstrators outside the "Trump Tower" building- the Fifth Avenue offices for the real estate magnate's business empire, which also doubles as his campaign headquarters.
A group of Muslim demonstrators, meanwhile, held prayers outside the building as part of their protest, AFP reported.
"We started holding our protests in July, when Trump said Mexicans were drug dealers, criminals and rapists," one of the demonstrators, Jaime Gonzalez, 34, told the French news agency.
"Today we're here because his offensive remarks about the Muslim community," he said.
Counter-demonstrations were also held by a small group of Trump supporters outside the building.
Following a recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, where 14 were killed by a couple who reportedly supported the Daesh terrorist group, Trump urged a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the United States.
Now James Morris, editor of America-hijacked.com, believes Trump’s comments are “going to stoke Islamophobia in America. We’ve already seen repercussions from that, with mosque’s burning in southern California after the tragic San Bernardino attack.”
Trump has also said he would be open to having a “Muslim database” in America for security reasons.
He has said that he would consider “drastic measures” for monitoring the Muslim community, claiming the US would have "absolutely no choice" but to close down some mosques.