30 January 2017
Hundreds are expected to attend a protest this evening in Birmingham City Centre to voice their outrage at US President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from 7 majority-Muslim countries. The protest, organised at short notice, will take place in Chamberlain Square at 6pm.
President Trump signed the order on Friday severely restricting entry into the US by nationals of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Immediate and vocal opposition to the ban within the United States has seen protests at airports with crowds voicing their support for those caught out by the travel ban. A petition on the UK Parliament website calling for a state visit by Trump to be cancelled reached more than a million signatures in a little over 24 hours of being launched.
Prime Minister Theresa May, whose visit to the White House was also on Friday, has not condemned the ban. She has been severely criticised for her stance from politicians from across the political spectrum, including from members of her own party.
This evening’s protest has been organised by a coalition of groups and political parties including the Green Party, Birmingham Stand Up to Racism, Love Music Hate Racism, Birmingham Unite Against Fascism, LGBT+ Against Islamophobia, Birmingham People's Assembly, Europe Roma Group and Birmingham Liberal Democrats.
They have issued the following joint statement:
“The people of Birmingham want to send a clear and powerful message to Donald Trump, and to Theresa May: not in our name. Our Prime Minister’s failure to speak out and challenge Mr Trump on this issue is a matter of national disgrace.
“Birmingham’s people are proud of our diverse cultural heritage, and remember that many generations of immigrants make up the population of our great city. We are also a City of Sanctuary, and have led the way in welcoming refugees who are fleeing persecution and war.
“The Prime Minister should immediately condemn the actions of President Trump, as other world leaders have done. The reputation of our country is in danger of being tarnished by association with the inhumane and dangerous policy of the United States. Today people in Birmingham will stand together and reaffirm a commitment to the British values of compassion, understanding and sanctuary that the Prime Minister is in the process of abandoning.”
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