US Travel Ban Marches: Here's What Went Down
We went to cover march in London.
Thousands of protesters marched last night to protest the US travel ban that saw seven Muslim-majority countries prohibited from entering the states.
We went to cover the protest in London (though protests happened all over the UK, as well as extending to a third day in the US).
There were homemade signs everywhere. The classic “Love Trumps Hate” slogan was drawn on a banner next to one that read “No Human Is Illegal”. Other signs read “Muslims Are Welcome, Fascists Are Not”, “There Comes A Time When Silence Is Betrayal” and “Bridges Not Walls”, while drum rhythms beat and smoke billowed out of flares.
Although half of the protesters aimed chants at Trump and the ban, the other half turned on British PM Theresa May for not showing any signs of opposition to his policies. Chants like, “Shame on May” rose up around Downing Street and there were loads of signs that criticised her, like one that read, “May Remorse Be With You”.
Though everyone was waiting for speeches towards the end, they never happened. UK singer Lily Allen, who was due to give a speech at the rally by Downing Street, Tweeted to say that she couldn’t find her way through the crowd, that there didn’t seem to be a stage to speak on, but that she was happy that so many were protesting the ban.
Actor Will Poulter and comedian and Carpool Karaoke star James Corden were among the other British celebs who tweeted in support of the protest.
Many in the UK have been doing more than marching to oppose the new President’s policies. The petition to prevent President Donald Trump from making a state visit to the UK has now reached more than 1.6 million signatures (you can read more about that here) and, though Theresa May invited him to visit Queen Elizabeth, Lord Ricketts (former head of the Foreign Office) has recently announced that this has put the Queen in a “difficult position” given the amount of opposition the UK is showing the new US policies. But it still seems that Trump will visit the Queen regardless.
The next London protest march against the travel ban is set to start by the U.S. Embassy on Saturday.
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