The green, white, and red colours of Mexico flew from the top of Vancouver’s Trump Tower over the weekend.
On April 2, a Port Moody resident named Diego Reyna posted a photo on Facebook that showed him sitting next to a Mexican flag he had tied to a window at the top of the 63-story tower.
“Why did I put a Mexican flag on the roof of the top of Trump Tower in Vancouver?” he wrote alongside the photo. “Because from the concrete pouring, finishing, drywall, taping, wood forming and general labour, Mexicans were there, building it.”
At the time of writing, the Facebook post had received more than 3,600 shares and more than 2,500 reactions, the vast majority of them positive.
The tower is not owned by Donald Trump but its developer, the Holborn Group, paid Trump to brand it with the name of the New York–based real-estate mogul. It stands at the corner of West Georgia and Thurlow streets and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016.
Donald Trump is the Republican frontrunner for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In a speech Trump made announcing his candidacy for president in June 2015, he claimed many Mexican immigrants who crossed into the United States illegally were “rapists”.
“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best,” Trump said. “They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In Reyna’s Facebook post, the Mexican Canadian mentions those remarks.
“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 the US/Canada,” it reads. “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, like your ancestors were, you are not native american, the insults you have said about us, have not changed our work ethics, while working on your tower Mexicans didn't steal anything nor raped anyone, we just did the best work we could possibly do, for my ourselves, our families and the future tenants in your building.”
The Mexican flag flew from the top of the Vancouver Trump Tower for more than 24 hours before it was removed, according to CBC News.
In December 2015, Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson called for Trump's name to be removed from the tower.
The Holborn Group responded with a statement saying it would not comment on Trump's personal or political agenda.
Asked by CBC News about Reyna's Mexican flag, the Holborn Group again said it would not comment.