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Before a New York court, supporters and opponents of Trump kept their distance

A handful of sometimes colorful pro- and anti-Trump activists who broke away from the first fatwas stood Tuesday before a New York court where the former US president must be formally charged.

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In the small square in front of the gray building, anger quickly erupted when a small group of activists tried to hold up a black banner so large one could read in large letters “Trump lies all the time” (“Trump lies all the time”).

A Trumpian activist, holding a hat with her hero’s image on her head, climbed the sign and tried to grab it, creating a moment of confusion that was quickly dispelled by police and New York City Council officers.

Within a few minutes the barriers are installed in the middle of the park, and on each side, each one of them boos and rather friendly slogans at the other camp.

An illustration of the boundary separating Democrats and Republicans in a deeply divided country.

In the middle of the morning, dozens of demonstrators gathered on both sides, getting louder and louder.

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“Lock it up” (“Lock it up”) some shout at the top of their lungs. “USA…USA,” the others chanted.

“I’m not afraid. We were there on January 6, 2021, the day a mob of Donald Trump supporters invaded the Capitol in Washington,” Paulina Farr, a retiree from Long Island, eastern New York, proudly claims.

“I’m here to show our support for our President Trump. We know the truth,” she adds, a way of pointing out that her hero did not lose the 2020 presidential election against Joe Biden.

But she admits that this minuscule gathering, swollen by many journalists, “has nothing to do with January 6th.” Next to her, a pro-Trump and not-too-chill companion strolls around, shirtless under overalls crossed out with the American flag. Another, a blue cap and red sports jacket, throws “Trump, Trump” by spinning a basketball at the end of his American flag.

On the other side of the park, Jennifer Fisher, a 63-year-old retiree who shares her life between New York and Florida, is more serious about her “fear” of “America’s fall into fascism.”

For this retired journalist, the moment is significant because “the first time he has to take responsibility,” she says, before listing other instances in which Donald Trump has been targeted…the sound of pots made by other hard-liners.

As the Trumpians await the arrival of one of their favorite elected officials, far-right parliamentarian Marjorie Taylor Greene, one of her colleagues, George Santos, who is known for his many lies during his election campaign, appeared. But he slips away very briefly.

France Press agency

The atmosphere sometimes feels like a masquerade: Disguised the day before as a red devil in front of Trump Tower, on the other side of Manhattan, an activist struts about this time in a fake police uniform, with a doll bearing a picture of Donald Trump filled with a large bag of fake banknotes. .

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