An “emergency protest” is planned to be held in York on the evening of Monday 30th January against the United States’ President Donald Trump’s new immigration restrictions against those from predominantly Muslim countries.
On Friday, Mr Trump ordered that the United States was to stop the admittance of families fleeing the crisis in Syria, whilst additionally announcing the suspension of immigration for 90 days rom seven Islamic countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Notably, the suspension of immigration does not solely apply to new immigrants, but also to returning residents from the countries who hold already hold ‘Green Cards’ as part of what Mr Trump has termed an ‘extreme vetting’ plan.
The York protest is being organised by Momentum York, a group affiliated with the nationwide Momentum campaign that backed Jeremy Corbyn in the recent Labour leadership elections. On the event’s Facebook page, YORK Emergency demo against Trump’s #MuslimBan and UK complicity, the organisation has called on people to come out and protest the “terrible injustice” of the new restrictions and the “targeting of Muslims” through Mr Trump’s actions.
The group has stated that it aims to not only to protest Donald Trump’s orders, but to additionally protest against Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure to specifically condemn Mr Trump’s orders. Meanwhile, other government figures from across the world, such as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have condemned Mr Trump.
In the event’s description, the group argues that, “Theresa May has betrayed her own people”, adding, “that doesn’t mean we have to. Let’s stand in solidarity with those targeted by Donald Trump’s hateful government, including the people of this country, outside Downing Street and all over Britain.”
The York protest will be one of a number that are being planned around the United Kingdom in light of the restrictions; and at the time of publication, a petition on the UK Government’s website to prevent Mr Trump from making a state visit to Britain over the issue has reached over a million signatures.
The York march is planned to commence at 17:00 GMT in St Helen’s Square in the city centre. At the time of publication, around 200 people have expressed that they are ‘going’ to the protest, with a further 450 people ‘interested’.
This will not be the first protest against Donald Trump in York. On Saturday 21st January, a Women’s March was held in the city over comments that the United States President has previously made regarding the treatment of women.
The Yorker has approached York Momentum for further comment on the protest.
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