Tuesday, August 16News For London

Anti #MUSLIMBAN protest to be held at Downing Street

London anti-Trump protesters have an ’emergency’ appointment at 6 pm tonight in front of Downing Street. Protesters are called to show their anger following PM Theresa May’s invitation to Donald Trump. The demonstration has been initiated by left-wing activist and politician Owen Jones.

After the immigration ban imposed by Donald Trump, several protests were conducted across the world. Trump imposed a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US. The ban is termed as a ‘Muslim Ban’ and has created an uproar on twitter with its trending tag – #MUSLIMBAN. But what does this mean for the people of Britain? Are people with dual nationalities going to be banned from entering the US?  An emergency protest is to be held outside Downing Street and across the UK tonight at 6 pm.

The protest, initiated by Owen Jones, a British columnist and political activist is called “Emergency demo against Trump’s #MuslimBan and UK complicity” is going to feature several speakers from organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Muslim Council of Britain. The aim of the protest is to not just raise a voice against the ban of Muslims, but also to revolt against the decision made my Theresa May to invite Trump to the UK. The Facebook group that has about 34,000 attendees, states “Theresa May has decided to ally herself with Donald Trump’s bigoted, misogynistic government. She has refused to speak out against Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan – even when her own Members of Parliament are targeted. It is not only weak, it is a matter of national shame – disgracing our country across the world.”

Police officers guarding No 10 Downing Street. Photo by: Fan Wang

Downing Street is currently preparing itself for the upcoming protest tonight by blocking the main doors with extra barriers and rows of fences. Two trucks filled with several fences are pulling up in order to increase security at the scene. Our reporters Marc Farràs and Fan Wang approached a police officer guarding No. 10 Downing Street. When asked about how many people were going to show up for the protest and how many policemen will be on duty, the officer refused to comment by saying he did not know.

Trucks filled with fences. Photo by: Fan Wang
Fences being piled up in front of Downing Street. Photo by: Fan Wang
Barriers have been set up for the protest. Photo by: Marc Farràs

Marc Farràs interviewed a retired NHS worker, Subbiah (56) on whether May should ban Trump from coming to the UK. “I do not think that is the right approach. We have an international relationship with the US. If you ban him then where does our sovereign come into play with that? Our relations with the US bring us international security, economy and good social status”, he replied. According to him, UK should be very careful and treat this situation very cautiously, specially when Trump visits the country.

Subbiah, a retired NHS worker outside Downing Street. Photo by: Marc Farràs

A passerby shared his opinion on Theresa May inviting Trump to meet the Queen. “I think Trump is a wrong person to be elected. The fact that that May went there and invited him to come visit the Queen – that was the worst possible thing because he is an incapable man and a very dangerous one. He is dangerous for democracy and you can see it from what he is doing from day one. She should be criticising where criticism is due and not clap her hands and invite him to the UK.”

Nathan and Michelle Johnson outside Downing Street. Photo by: Marc Farràs

Our reporters interviewed Nathan and Michelle Johnson outside Downing Street concerning tonight’s protest. According to Nathan, “the UK is dependent whether we like it or not on the US for trade. We are also dependent on them for the partnership to NATO and so many other things. We are a little country and they are the big country. We are pragmatists. We have to feel belong with them.”

Michelle confessed that Trump visiting the UK  “leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. But at the end of the day, we have to do what is right for our country as a whole. As distasteful as it may seem, for making alliances with somebody like him, it is probably essential for us to survive.”

The protesters are labeling Theresa May as someone who betrayed her own people. They are wanting to show solidarity through the protest tonight and stand against the decisions make by Theresa May. Twitter has a trending tag for the current prime minister of the UK called #TheresaTheAppeaser. Here is how people voiced there opinions on the social media platform:

Twitter user Jason related the current situation with historic political situation of Britain by making a meme to express his opinion saying “Well at least Theresa May has secured her place in history”.

Another user expressed her views by calling Trump a fascist bully and Theresa May being a coward by not being able to stand up to him. Several British users have been sharing the same opinion and condemning May for her actions.

Journalist Liam Young, who writes for the Independent, tweeted: “Theresa May won’t call out Trump’s inhumanity for one very simple reason: she agrees with him #TheresaTheAppeaser“.

Tweets containing memes and comics are emerging on Twitter that state anti-Theresa and Trump opinions through political sketches. Rhys Brooks tweeted a comic sketch stating May’s priorities concerning the protest today.