Protest Against Governor Abbott Turns Heated in Houston

Lawrence Elizabeth Knox
Protestors demonstrated against Texas Gov. Greb Abbott Tuesday afternoon in Houston.
Protestors joined together on the afternoon of April 18 to protest against Governor Greg Abbott, who was delivering his State of the State address at the Hilton Americas - Houston Hotel at 1600 Lamar. Due to heavy rains, the Greater Houston Democrats called off its demonstration, but that didn't keep other groups, such as the Houston Socialist Movement, from demonstrating.

They rallied for a number of causes. Several women dressed as characters in Margaret Atwood's dyspopian novel The Handmaid's Tale to support reproductive rights for women. Others called for the government to stop deporting immigrants and called for the governor to oppose Senate Bill 4, which would require local Texas cities and police agencies to help federal agents enforce immigration laws.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has resisted helping the feds, in support of Houston's large population of undocumented immigrants, and  Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez has cut ties with a program with the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency.

The American Patriot Vanguard, a white nationalist group, led a counter-demonstration across the street. Some wore red baseball caps bearing the slogan of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, "Make America Great Again." Others slung rifles over their shoulders.

Officers from the Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol kept watch, and reported no incidents or arrests.