Protesters vow to keep up campaign to prevent Donald Trump from visiting Birmingham

on February 23, 2017

Protesters have vowed to keep up their campaign against Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK.

Hundreds gathered in Birmingham city centre on Monday night as part of a campaign by Stand Up to Racism which saw similar events in London, Nottingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh.

Campaigners protesting against Donald Trump in Birmingham

Campaigners protesting against Donald Trump in Birmingham

Campaigner Geoff Dexter said people were determined to prevent him visiting – particularly if a proposed visit to Birmingham goes ahead.

“We think he shouldn’t be allowed a state visit because he’s racist, sexist and homophobic,” Geoff said. “Birmingham is a large multi-cultural city, and whether Trump comes to London or to Birmingham he will be met with mass resistance.

“People wherever they are in the country will be mobilising and organising to protest against Trump.

“If he comes to Birmingham, he will be met with the biggest protest in British history.”

Some social media users questioned the value of the recent protest in the city:

While protestors where rallying against Mr Trump, politicians were debating whether or not to block his state visit to the UK after a petition reached nearly 2 million signatures.

The plan to move his visit to the city came after concerns about potential large-scale protests in London.

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood, said: “Birmingham is a wonderfully diverse city, home to people of every background, every faith – President Trump with his hateful and divisive rhetoric, policies and Muslim ban is not welcome here.”

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