By Simon Guy
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New movement counters Trump

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Issue 421

The world was rocked by a monumental event in January. Not the initiation of the most right wing US government in decades, but the inauguration of the resistance to the sexism, racism and homophobia that Trump represents.

Around the globe 5 million people marched in 670 towns and cities, including 100,000 in London.

The last time the world saw such a scale and breadth of coordinated demonstrations was in February 2003 against the Iraq war.

In the US itself the numbers were even higher this time than they were during the anti-war movement.

Trump’s cabinet of billionaires will do its best to drive through a huge reduction in public spending to fund tax cuts which will mainly benefit the rich.

To do this the divisions stirred up during the election campaign will most likely continue.

Last month’s protests show how unifying the response to division and scapegoating can be if people are mobilised.

Here in Britain Trump protests take on an extra importance because of Theresa May’s determination to associate herself with him.

The prospect of a visit to these isles by Trump in the near future is something all activists should keep an eye out for.

For the same reason, the Stand Up to Racism national demonstrations on 18 March are even more important — we need to build a movement not just against May but also against Trump and everything the pair of them stand for.

The inauguration protests give hope that such a movement is possible.

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