Glasgow takes to the streets to protest Trump

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Credit: Warren Hardie

Hundreds took to the streets of Glasgow last night in protest of Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and Muslim immigration.

Two separate rallies were held, the first taking place in Buchanan Street with speakers including Suki Sangha of Scotland Against Trump.

Protestors gathered in their hundreds on Buchanan Street, with chants of “Say it loud, say it clear: Refugees are welcome here” and “Anti-racists shout: Get Trump out”.

A second protest followed in George Square, with an estimated 1000 people in attendance.

Patrick Harvie MSP addressed the crowd, proclaiming that Scotland had fought Trump in parliament, in the courts, and will fight his administration going forward.

More protests took place across Scotland, with rallies in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh, as well as across the UK with tens of thousands taking to the streets in London.

US President Donald Trump’s executive order to indefinitely ban Syrian refugees, and to halt immigration from a number of Muslim-majority countries, has resulted in worldwide condemnation.

Trump’s Muslim ban has resulted in a postgrad veterinarian student from the University of Glasgow being unable to return to Scotland due to her holding of an Iranian passport.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK to be cancelled while the ban is in effect, meanwhile Prime Minister Theresa May eventually criticised the decision following immense pressure from fellow parliamentarians and rights groups – however, the UK government has asserted that the state visit will take place.

A petition to stop Trump’s state visit to the UK has now reached 1.68 million signatures, with 3131 signatures from the Stirling constituency – one of the highest figures outside Edinburgh and Glasgow constituencies.

Amnesty International UK released a statement pressing Theresa May to demand an end to the Muslim ban.

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