Another day, another show of solidarity from UK citizens against Donald Trump and his controversial new travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.
Thousands of Brits took to the streets in a number of emergency protests. A huge demonstration organised by Guardian writer Owen Jones took place around Downing Street in London.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) January 31, 2017
Crowds of people with impressive signs were heard chanting slogans such as “shame on May”, following the Prime Minister’s defiant statement that she would be “very happy” to host Trump.
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Newcastle, Sheffield, Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Gloucester, Leeds, York, Liverpool and Leicester also hosted street protests.
The ban, imposed by the new President over the weekend, prohibits citizens from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the US. So far, the order has seen scores of travellers from Middle Eastern countries detained at airports, despite holding green cards.
MPs are set to hold an emergency debate on Trump’s immigration measures – and indeed whether we should be holding a state visit for the President given the extreme nature of his immigration policy. The debate follows a parliamentary petition calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to axe Trump’s visit. At the time of writing, the petition has gathered more than 1.5million signatures.
In America, millions joined protests in cities across the US, including a few famous faces – and some pretty niche causes, too. Here are some of our favourite Instagram posts from the demos:
United! ✊🏾 @Regrann from @time – Thousands of people are protesting in London and around the U.K. against the U.S.’s president controversial travel ban that targets citizens of seven Muslim countries. They are also asking their prime minister, Theresa May, to rescind her invitation for Donald Trump to visit the U.K. later this year. Video footage from CNN. #trumpprotest #trump – #resist #react #fight #UnitedWeStand #notmypresident #NoBanNoWall #fdt