Yesterday, hundreds of Birmingham residents fled to Birmingham City Centre and marched in Victoria Square condemning the Muslim Ban that was implemented by Donald Trump in America.
President Trump banned 7 Muslim majority countries from entering the US. These countries are, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Sudan. Although non of these countries have ever attacked America, trump has chosen these Muslim majority countries to ban to “[keep] bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!”.
It has been labelled “The Muslim ban”. However trump seems to think differently:
Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2017
Muslims in Birmingham got together to protest the Muslim ban and condemn Teresa May staying silent on the ban. Many were outraged that May has not commented, and saw this as here agreeing with Trump. Hasanain Jaffar organised the event with one days notice.
Photograph taken by Megan Cartridge.
Jaffer said in a statement:
“Theresa May has decided to ally herself with Donald Trump’s bigoted, misogynist government. She has refused to speak out against Donald’s Trump’s Muslim Ban, even when her own Members of Parliament he been targeted”.
The crowds chanted : “Donald Trump has lost the plot, Muslims welcome, Tump is not” and “No wall, no Trump”.
Asma Ismeal, a Somalian-British Muslim attened the protest with home made signs. She said:
“The turn out was disappointing. I expected much more people to come. It was overwhelming to say the least and very worrying. A person should not be targeted due to their religion, especially in a country that was built on and by immigrants.”
Salma Yaqub, and other political figures attended the protest such as Jo Cox who said : “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”
The protest started after 6pm and was open to everyone to join. Another protester and photographer, Megan Cartridge said she thought the protest was a:
“Fantastic marker of unity and love, defying the ignorance, racism, sexism and Islamophobia we are unfortunately witnessing now. People from all walks of life stood together to show this”.