Tens of thousands of demonstrators are protesting in London against U.S. President Donald Trump’s first official visit to Britain.
Earlier today, Trump held a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence Chequers, in which they touched on various subjects including NATO, immigration, Brexit negotiations, and future trade deals.
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WikiTribune is covering the march which has been attended by a coalition of groups and individuals including LGBTQ activists, socialists, musicians, environmentalists, Jews, Palestinians, and families with their children.
Mohammed Ateek, a spokesperson for the Stop Trump coalition, who organised the protest, explained the group’s reasoning “We are in the 21st century. Trump doesn’t only represent himself, he represents the most powerful country in the world. His actions have a big impact on people.
“He is trying to normalise racism, bigotry, discrimination: the list goes on. This is not normal. Whether we will affect his mind, we don’t know. We want to send a message to everyone watching.”
Women’s Equality Party spokesperson Celia Wilson showed WikiTribune a giant thank you card that protesters were signing with messages to the president for being “feminism’s number one recruiter”.
“Every time he does something hateful, we get new members,” Wilson added.
Sheida, who was born in the UK but whose family is from Iran, explained “As an Iranian, I am uniquely targeted by the travel ban. Even those of us who have never travelled to Iran, just by association, are no longer allowed to travel freely to America. We are angry and we shouldn’t just stay home. We should do more than complain and make this anger visible.”
Carrie from New York said, “Trump is like learning you have cancer. You go through the stages of grief until you deal with it. Then, you to try and find hope every day and fight it. This is why we are here, to show that there is still hope and that people are still fighting.”
While the atmosphere at the event was lively, not everyone in central London was keen to protest. Two Belgian tourists, Lawrence Murray and Nina Settels, sat in a nearby cafe to escape the crowds.
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“There’s worse people than that. If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin comes to London, there wouldn’t be so many protesters. This is childish,” Murray said.
“I think he’s getting an unfair rep by the left media. Of course he is an attention seeker, but it has become a personal thing and it’s taking away attention from other things,” said Settels.