Thousands join London march against Donald Trump's travel ban

Thousands join London march against Donald Trump's travel ban

Thousands join London march against Donald Trump's travel ban

The Stand Up to Racism Sheffield group organised the "anti-Trump" demonstration to take place outside the City Hall this afternoon - the third such event in the city since the president was inaugurated on January 20.

The march is in response to an executive order by Trump, which had halted the United States refugee programme and banned anyone from seven Muslim majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Libya), from travelling to the country, even if they have already been approved for a visa, have an existing visa or a green card.

Azad Ali, the head of engagement at MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), said: 'We should build alliances with every type of person and work towards one goal which is to coexist with humans with all differences'.

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Criticism of Conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May has swelled since her Washington visit to meet Trump last month, when she confirmed plans for a return visit by Trump to Britain expected in the summer.

Dilowar Khan, chief executive of East London Mosque, said: 'We believe in a multicultural society, we believe in equality but Donald Trump is damaging the social fabric of our society'.

Trump had a week ago signed an order putting a four-month hold on entrance of refugees into the USA and temporarily barred travellers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries.

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Attendees will be gathering at the US Embassy in London's Grosvenor Square at 11am, before marching to Downing Street. After all, this is a ban on Muslims from seven countries, four of which have been bombed and occupied by American troops.

He adds: "While I understand the need to remain on good terms with the American President I do not think it does our reputation around the globe any good to be seen as silent accomplices".

Despite the uproar, Downing Street confirmed the planned state visit would still go ahead on a date yet to be finalised.

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