Britons gathered in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester to protest against US President Donald Trump’s new travel ban targeted at curbing the entry of Muslims into the US in the name of national security.
More than 10,000 protestors gathered outside 10 Downing Street and along Whitehall to express their disapproval of the ban and calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel the planned state visit during which Trump would be greeted by the Queen.
Over 1.5 million Britons have also expressed their indignation toward the US president’s actions by signing a petition calling for the cancellation of the state visit.
The ban prevents people from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US and includes those who have been legally living in the States until now with many returning from visiting their families abroad and finding themselves unable to return.
Protestors at the demonstrations chanted, “say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”, “your hands are too small, to build a wall” and “Theresa May, shame on you”.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott told the crowds on behalf of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, “Donald Trump has been president for only a few days, and look at what he is doing. We need to resist the Islamophobia and scapegoating of Muslims, we have got to resist it whether it is in the United States or here in the UK.”