KONFRONTASI - Thousands of British citizens are preparing to stage a massive rally in London to protest US President Donald Trump’s immigration bans.
More than 25,000 people have so far said yes to author and journalist Owen Jones’ call for an “emergency demo” on Monday evening, in solidarity with people who have been banished from entering the US upon Trump’s order.
On Friday, the new Republican president signed an executive order that imposes a 90-day ban on entry from citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia, and blocks refugees from Syria indefinitely.
All refugee admissions for 120 days under the new rule in order to curb the threat of what Trump calls “radical Islamic terrorists.”
Over 33,000 more people have indicated that they might turn up in the London rally.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and former Labour leader Ed Miliband were among the many celebrities and members of Parliament who were attending the protest.
In his invitation for the event, Jones, who regularly writes for the Guardian, said Trump’s entry ban on Muslim-majority nations was a “moment of terrible injustice.”
Jones said UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to appeal to Trump and further the UK-US alliance was a “matter of national shame.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and US President Donald Trump meet beside a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, DC, January 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
During her trip to Washington on Saturday, May said Trump had accepted Queen Elizabeth’s invitation for a state visit late in the year.
The announcement stirred outrage in the UK, with over a million people signing an online petition that called on the government to scrap the visit.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also reacted to the news by saying that Trump was not “welcome” in the country and should be blocked from visiting Britain as long as his “Muslim ban” policy remains in place.
During her US visit, May refused to condemn Trump’s move. Her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, however, denounced the act as “divisive and wrong.”
Britons showed their strong disregard for Trump by staging nationwide rallies following his January 20 inauguration.[ptv]