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Protest against Donald Trump's visit next year

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2576

Trump is planning his visit to Britain as part of a wider tour. Finding places where people wont protest must be proving difficult

Trump is planning his visit to Britain as part of a wider tour. Finding places where people won't protest must be proving difficult (Pic: Andrea Hanks/White House)


US president Donald Trump is set to visit Britain early next year.

On Wednesday reports suggested that diplomats are discussing plans for a “working trip” in 2018. Trump could be asked to open the new US embassy in London.

The full state visit has been put on hold. 

Trump’s election and presidency have given confidence to every racist, fascist and sexist in the US and across the world.

He needs to be met with mass protests whether or not it’s a state visit.

The threat of protests is a big part of why his state visit was postponed.

A foreign office spokesperson said, “Our position on the state visit has not changed—an offer has been extended and President Trump has accepted.

"Exact dates for President Trump to visit have not yet been arranged.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan had previously raised concerns about Trump’s state visit. But a spokesperson for his office said he would not object to a working visit.

Weyman Bennett from Stand Up To Racism said, “If May will not oppose the visit we pledge to organise the biggest possible protest against him.”

Ashamed

Maz Saleem from the Stand Up To Trump campaign said, “Theresa May should be ashamed of herself for allowing this to happen—he should not be given a visit at all."

Ordinary people have shown they are willing to stand up to racism and sexism wherever it comes from.

There have already been protests against Trump across Britain. In January his executive order restricting travel from Muslim majority countries provoked protests of 20,000 in London, 3,000 in Glasgow and more elsewhere. Another 40,000 marched in London in February.

In January the Women's March saw over 100,000 protest in London.

Nearly two million people signed a petition against a visit.

Maz Saleem said, “We will be prepared to organise mass demonstrations against his visit whatever its status. We reject Trump's politics of fear and division."

At a Stand Up To Racism fringe meeting at Labour Party conference Tottenham MP David Lammy said he would join protests if Trump came to Britain. “We have to be on the streets—and if I have to chain myself to the door of Number 10, this black man will do it,” he said.

There is a huge amount of anger in society directed at Donald Trump. That needs to be brought on to the streets when he comes here.

Come to the Stand Up To Racism conference on 21 October at The Light, Friends House, 173–177 Euston road, London, NW1 2BJ
http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/stand-racism-national-conference/

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