Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters gathered in Glasgow
Protesters flooded the streets of Glasgow to demonstrate their opposition to Trump’s travel ban which targets Muslims and refugees.
Demonstrations took place across Buchanan Street and George Square on Monday night, with over 1000 people showing solidarity for Muslims and refugees, opposing the newly elected president’s policy.
The demonstration at the Donald Dewar statue in the city center was hosted by the group Stand Up to Racism Glasgow, the front group of the Socialist Workers Party.
Trump’s executive order targets nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Opposition was expressed from a number of speakers including Zara Mohammed-President of FOSIS, Sandra White-member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow, Smina Ahktar- PhD researcher at Bath University, Mohammad Asif of the Scottish Afghan Human Rights Foundation, Suki Sangha-member of Scotland Against Trump and Vice Chair of the STUC Black Workers Committee and the UK. Federation of Student Islamic Societies.
The chants ‘No hate no fear, Donald Trump’s not welcomed here’ and ‘Say it loud say it clear, refugees are welcome here’ could be heard throughout the protest.
D. Franklin, a student at Buchanan Street’s demonstration, said that he has a number of friends who live in America who are not citizens, who are affected by Trump’s latest outrageous dubbed the ‘travel ban’.
He added: “It is not a travel ban; it’s a ban on not going back to your home. A ban of being yourself and being from where you are from, and also from moving to America. It affects everyone, it affects people I have no contact with. We are talking not only about racism, but over absolute outright evil on show, in public and in government policy. And that needs to stop.”
Scottish journalist James Doleman said: “Hopefully we can overcome this disgraceful ban.”
“Today’s protest is not only the result of Trump’s blanket-ban policy. This protest represents many repeated examples in US history that include racism, fascism and islamophobia from previous presidencies.”
Further demonstrations are planned in Glasgow throughout March.
Other Photos From the Protests in Late January