AS A petition against Trump’s presidential visit to the UK reached over 1.5 million signatures yesterday, tens of thousands took to the streets across the country in protest against his impromptu travel ban; which prevents residents from seven (mainly Muslim) countries from entering the US. Those included are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen - despite being predominantly Muslim, the likes of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt are ironically exempt due to POTUS’ business interests.
When the President of the most powerful country in the world says Muslims are a problem...we then become a target (for) even more hate and abuse
Poignantly, Trump implemented the ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day; which remembers those persecuted for their Jewish faith. One London protestor’s sign read "Anne Frank could have been an 87-year-old living in Boston today but she was denied a visa."
Albert Square and surrounds were turned into a tide of placards with the likes of “Refugees welcome. No ban. No walls. No racist shit” as Theresa May - labelled by some as ‘Theresa the Appeaser’ - came under pressure for welcoming Trump to Britain, ‘in accordance with the Queen’s invitation.’
Clare Solomon, who helped organise the protest in Manchester, told BBC North that people wanted "to show their disgust at a racist, sexist president.
"We think Theresa May is a disgrace for holding hands with him and inviting him for a state visit."
Stand up to Racism Manchester’s Nahella Ashraf said: “When the President of the most powerful country in the world says Muslims are a problem, it is not surprising that we then become a target of even more hate and abuse. Muslims, especially Muslim women, have become even more likely to suffer racist attacks across the world.”
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