Diego Saul Reyna, a steel framer who lives in Port Moody, climbed to the top of the Trump hotel and tower in Vancouver this weekend to send Donald Trump a message.
He first took the elevator to the 20th floor of the building, which is still under construction. Wearing a hard hat and steel-toed boots, he climbed the stairs the rest of the way to the top of the 63-storey project to hang a Mexican flag in the bright sunshine of Saturday morning.
“I was a bit hesitant,” said Reyna. “But then I figured, ‘Oh well, I am willing to face the consequences if I can send a message.’ My intention was to show Donald Trump that (Mexican workers) work for him, but he also benefits from us.”
The flag has been removed, but Reyna snapped a photo of himself in front of it for Facebook, where it has been shared over 700 times.
From the “concrete pouring, finishing, drywall, taping, wood forming and general labour, Mexicans were there, building it. The comments Trump has made about us, did not stop us from doing the high quality work we have always done, in our home country or when we migrate to US/Canada,
“MR Trump, we did our best work, your tower here in Vancouver is premium quality, and we were a crucial part of it, not just Mexicans but immigrants as a whole.”
Reyna was born in Chiapas, Mexico and last year became a Canadian citizen.
He doesn’t work on the site, but said he has several Mexican and Muslim friends, “friends of all religions and races who are there. They were feeling very hurt. The job atmosphere there is very Canadian, but they can’t help it when they walk in and there is a huge sign that says Trump and then they open their news feed and see all of the stories. I did this to counter attack all his statements about Mexicans and Muslims. The last straw was when he spoke against women. He cannot be insulting people he is benefitting from.”
The Trump project in Vancouver is being developed by The Holborn Group, which has previously rebuffed calls for the Trump name to be removed from the hotel and tower, adding it would not comment on the U.S. Republican presidential candidate’s “personal or political agenda, nor any political issues, local or foreign.”
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