Thousands march in London against Trump travel ban

Sunday, Feb 5, 2017,13:09 IST By anju A A A

London | Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of London against Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US and have called on Theresa May to withdraw her invitation of a State Visit to him.

The march, organised by the Stop the War Coalition, Stand Up to Racism and the Muslim Association of Britain among other groups, set off yesterday from the US embassy in central London and congregated at Downing Street. The placards declared “No to Trump, No to War” and images of the President captioned as “American Psycho”.

From a make-shift stage outside the British Prime Minister’s official London address, protesters called on May to withdraw her controversial invitation of a State Visit to Trump later this year.

“We believe in equality and I think what (Trump) is doing is damaging the whole social fabric of our society,” Dilowar Khan, executive director of the East London mosque, said at a press conference before the march.

A video message from the Opposition Labour Party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn was played to the crowd, in which he said May would find herself on the “wrong side of history” if she let the State Visit go ahead.

Protesters also gathered in 12 other UK cities, including Brighton, Birmingham, and Sheffield.

Trump introduced a 90-day travel ban on residents from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – to stop “radical Islamic terrorists” from coming to America, sparking fury. The executive order suspended refugee resettlement in the US for 120 days.

However, the Trump administration suffered a setback on Friday after a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked the executive order regarding the travel ban.