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Thousands To March To 'Stop Trump' At Rallies In London And Across The UK

Huffington Post UK logo Huffington Post UK 16/02/2017 Kathryn Snowdon
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Thousands will take to the streets in central London on Monday as part of a nationwide day of action against Donald Trump.

Owen Jones and the group Stop Trump, a coalition of anti-Trump MPs, activists, trade unionists and celebrities, are organising the demonstration at Parliament Square, which Facebook currently has 13,000 people listed as attending.

The rally, which has been arranged to coincide with the parliamentary debate on Trump’s state visit, will run from 5pm to 8pm.

A further 31,000 people have said they are interested in attending.

A statement on the even'ts Facebook page reads: “We are calling for a nationwide day of action to stand up and say no to the future of hatred, racism and division that Donald Trump is trying to create – and to say no to the disgraceful complicity of Theresa May and the British government in supporting him.”

The Stop Trump Coalition have linked their events across the country with One Day Without Us, a campaign designed to “celebrate the contribution that migrants have made to the UK”.

One Day Without Us organisers said in a statement: “We recognise that tens of thousands of people across the country have been moved to act in response to Trump’s anti-migrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric, and we have been in discussion with the coalition organisers to ensure that our two campaigns complement each other.

“The Stop Trump Coalition organisers have shown an admirable willingness to facilitate the many events we have already planned across the country.

“They share with us a common determination to uphold the rights of migrants and defend the rights of EU nationals.”

The statement added: “Our two campaigns share a common rejection of the politics of hatred and division and a common refusal to accept the scapegoating of migrants.

“Between us, we can make Feb 20 the greatest statement of solidarity with migrants in UK history.

“Let us seize this opportunity, and stand alongside the migrants we have known as colleagues, co-workers and friends. Let us celebrate their presence and show our own politicians – and Donald Trump – the kind of society that the UK has already been – and can still be.”

The Metropolitan Police said they are aware of the demonstration and that they have an “appropriate plan in place”.

More than 1.8 million people have signed a petition calling for the US president’s proposed state visit to be cancelled. The Government has rejected the petition.

Frankie Boyle, Lily Allen and Paloma Faith are among those to lend their support to the Stop Trump campaign.

National Day of Action events:

London: 6pm Parliament Square

Edinburgh: 1.30pm The Mound

Glasgow: 6pm George Square.

Leeds: 1pm Briggate

Manchester: 12.30pm Piccadilly Gardens

Liverpool: 6pm The Lyceum

Liverpool: 12.30pm John Lennon Peace Memorial Quay

Lincoln: 6pm Cathedral Square

Nottingham: 5.30pm Forest Recreation Ground

Leicester: 6pm Town Hall Square

Cambridge: 5.30pm Market Square

Hereford: 6pm High Town

Swansea: 5.30pm Castle Square 

Cardiff: 6pm Queen Street

St Davids: 6pm Cross Square

Bridport: 6pm Buckydoo Square

Exeter: 5.30pm Bedford Square

Bournemouth: 6pm The Square

Reading: 6pm Queen Victoria Statue

Brighton: 12pm Clock Tower

Canterbury: 5pm Dane John Gardens

Hitchin: 5.30pm Market Square 

Newcastle: 12.30pm Greys Monument


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