Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further US acceptance of Haitian immigrants.
Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the demonstration. Protesters carried Haitian flags and signs with messages including "peace, love, power, dream."
Police at one point ushered demonstrators out of space designated for walking, but there were no immediate reports of any arrests.
Trump has been accused of using a vulgar word to describe African countries and questioning why to allow more immigrants from Haiti, rather than countries like Norway during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of six senators. Soon after this comment, a White House spokesman defended Trump's remark without directly addressing it.
The comment on immigrants drew criticism and condemnation from across the world with senators, artists and the Twitterati calling him out for blatant racism. Earlier on Monday, the US President said he is not a racist as he sought to steer clear of the controversy.
"No, no I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you," Trump told reporters in Florida.
(With inputs from AP)