Muslims to join protest against Donald Trump’s travel ban
Muslim groups will take part in a mass protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban at the US embassy in London this weekend.
Stand Up To Racism, Stop The War Coalition and the People’s Voice have joined forces with the East London Mosque, Muslim Council of Britain and Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) to protest in solidarity against the controversial policy which sent shockwaves across the world.
The 90-day ban came into immediate effect by the US and stopped the entry of residents from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – to stop ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ from coming to America.
Dilowar Khan, chief executive of East London Mosque, said: “We believe in a multicultural society, we believe in equality but Donald Trump is damaging the social fabric of our society.”
Mr Khan emphasised the importance for the Muslim community to work alongside other anti-racist organisations to “resist far-right movements”.
Azad Ali, the head of engagement at MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), said: “We should build alliances with every type of person and work towards one goal which is to coexist with humans with all differences.”
Lindsey German, from Stop The War Coalition, said: “We expect a whole range of people including Muslims to stand in solidarity against Donald Trump on Saturday.”
Since the ban was announced there have been protests at several US airports where travellers were being held, including at least 2,000 protesters at New York’s Kennedy International Airport, while thousands took to the streets of the UK amid anger over the ban.
Ms German added: “The ban is going to increase extremism because people are so resentful of the way their families have been treated.”
The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has also branded Mr Trump’s travel ban “a potential propaganda opportunity” for terrorists.
Protesters are planning to meet at the US Embassy in London on Saturday morning before marching to Downing Street.
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