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To protest Trump, Mexicans locked arms to form a friendly human wall along the US border

Residents of Ciudad Juarez form a human wall along the border with the US.
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A different kind of wall.
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Mexico built its own wall along the border with the US yesterday, but it wasn’t meant as a barrier—hundreds of people, including some legislators, gathered along the Rio Grande river in Ciudad Juárez to form a friendly human wall, waving at their neighbors across the border in El Paso, Texas.

With colorful flags and big smiles, participants wanted to show that “a friendly, human wall meant to join the two cities was better than a wall of steel or concrete to divide them,” according to the Associated Press.

US president Donald Trump committed during his campaign to build a wall along the border with Mexico. One his first actions after inauguration last month was to sign an executive order calling for “all appropriate steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border.”

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AP Photo/Christian Torres
AP Photo/Christian Torres

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