Emergency demo planned in York against Trump’s Muslim ban

President Donald Trump gives his inauguration address in Washington. Photograph © United States Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cristian on Wikipedia
29 Jan 2017 @ 9.48 pm
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An emergency demo is being planned in York against Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Emergency demo

St Helen’s Square, York

Mon Jan 30 @ 5pm-7pm

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The new president has imposed a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

Protests against the decision are being organised around the world. Momentum York, “a grassroots network coming out of the ‘Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader’ campaign” is behind the one in the city centre.

Hundreds of people have already signed up to go to the demo in St Helen’s Square.

In the Facebook post for the event, the organisers write:

Bring yourselves, bring your friends, bring placards and banners!

National shame

Sir Mo Farah has criticised Donald Trump’s travel ban. Photograph © Tim Hipps, US Army IMCOM Public Affairs

The ban, they say, “includes people who helped the US army. That includes people on holiday trying to get home via the United States. That includes people trying to be reunited with their dying parents.

“It also includes Britons with dual nationality. Like our national hero Mo Farah. Even the Iraq-born Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi.”

The organisers also believe the UK government should take a stronger line against the ban.

“Theresa May has decided to ally herself with Donald Trump’s bigoted, misogynistic government. She has refused to speak out against Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan – even when her own Members of Parliament are targeted.

“It is not only weak, it is a matter of national shame – disgracing our country across the world.”

The post finishes:

There are moments of terrible injustice throughout history where we look back and rightly ask – what did people do?

Future generations will look back at the targeting of Muslims – as we look back at the targeting of Jews – with disgust, horror and shame. If we do not speak out, we are complicit.