US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban found thousands of protesters in the UK. Demonstrators across the country marched against Trump’s executive order to ban people from seven Muslim majority countries from travelling to the United States. Protests took place across major cities like Birmingham, Manchester and London.
Around 10,000 demonstrators came together on Downing Street in London. They were visibly annoyed with Trump’s decision to not allow people from those seven countries from travelling to the United States. The demonstration is more significant since Trump is scheduled to visit the UK soon. More than 1.5 million people signed a petition, urging that Trump’s visit should not be termed as a state visit.
Trump’s executive order has found opposition around the world. Now, people in the UK have joined the protest. While protesters chanted anti-Trump slogans, they were also vocal against British Prime Minister Theresa May. “Theresa May, shame on you” and “refugees welcome here” are some of the chants that frequented during the demonstrations.
Many young people took part in the protest. According to 17-year-old Browan Murphy, Donald Trump’s actions were scary. She said she was angry about how May had reacted to Trump’s decision. Murphy said she just felt like he should do something about it.
Londoner Lotte Rice believes it is an important time to “stand up” and make the voices heard. Rice believes something positive can come if people get united against the policy. Another student, Jim Gray, joined the protest after he saw an anti-Trump placard. This was the first time he was a part of a protest like this, because he thought it would be a way of making his views known.
Diane Abbott joined the protests against the immigration ban. She told the demonstrators that she was representing Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. “Donald Trump has been president for only a few days, and look at what he is doing,” The Guardian quoted the shadow home secretary as saying. “We need to resist the Islamophobia and scapegoating of Muslims.”
Meanwhile, Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates said that she was not sure if the immigration ban was illegal. She told Justice Department lawyers that defending the ban would be against the “institution's solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right," Reuters reported.
Yates was appointed by former US President Barack Obama. Trump’s pick for the position, Jeff Sessions, is waiting for the Senate confirmation.