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Mayor Bill de Blasio planned a rally in NYC to protest rising hate crimes


New York City mayor Bill de Blasio planned a rally in Manhattan to denounce rising hate crimes in the city. 

The rally began at 11 a.m. in the East Village, NBC News reports

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said hate crimes are up 31 percent since 2015. Nationwide, the FBI reported a six percent increase in hate crimes in 2015, with hate crimes against Muslims up 67 percent. 

For example, swastikas and "Go Trump" graffiti were found in Adam Yauch Park on Friday.

Excerpts of De Blasio's speech trended under the hashtag #AlwaysNewYork.

De Blasio implied he would defy orders from Donald Trump.

He seemed to be winning over the crowd.

Mayor Bill de Blasio planned a rally in NYC to protest rising hate crimes

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly insisted New York will protect minorities.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a news conference in front of Trump Tower following a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. De Blasio said that Trump "loves this city" and added that he urged the Republican president-elect to send a "sign of unity" to his hometown, which overwhelmingly voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

De Blasio met with Donald Trump last week to discuss human rights concerns and urged him to send a symbol of unity to the pro-Clinton city. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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