Thousands of people have taken to the streets this week. Not just in anticipation of Super Bowl 51, but also to protest executive orders signed by President Donald Trump on January 27.
The orders restrict refugee travel from seven Muslim-based countries and they started to be implemented at many airports in the U.S. on January 28. Hundreds of travelers throughout the country — from those countries affected in the executive orders — were detained at airports and questioned before ultimately being released. The detainment and orders have drawn stark criticism from opponents and resulted in numerous protests at airports and on the streets in many cities across the country.
The White House released a statement on the immigration orders January 29:
On February 3, however, a federal judge halted the executive orders and lifted the travel ban.
With a massive amount of people in Houston for the Super Bowl — featuring the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons — protesters have gathered on the streets surrounding the game’s festivities and at NRG Stadium, where the game will be played, throughout the week. Houston has been noted as being one of the nation’s “most diverse cities.”
Here are some videos and photos that you need to see of the protests:
Organizers marched around the streets of Houston outside of NRG Stadium on February 5
A big group of protesters marched in downtown February 4
A large group of protesters held signs and shouted anti-Trump phrases in front of the NFL’s headquarters in Houston on January 29.
A “large and noisy” group of peaceful protesters also rallied outside the NFL Experience on January 29 in Houston,
There are various reports that the protests will continue every day throughout the week in Houston.
This post will be updated with additional details throughout the week.