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Friday 13th is the date to protest against Donald Trump

29 June, 2018

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• WITH the arrival of Donald Trump in London on July 13 we need to send a very clear message to his bigoted, warmongering presidency.

His warmongering since being in office is evident enough. He has issued vague threats of military action in Venezuela; increased US troop numbers in Afghanistan when he told his electorate he would bring them back; used nuclear brinkmanship in the Korean peninsula; scrapped the Iranian nuclear deal and provocatively named Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – something our government is yet to condemn.

Then there is his racism and xenophobia. His Muslim travel ban proposal has helped spread the poison of Islamophobia.

His “build the wall” rhetoric has demonised the Latino community, particularly the Mexicans, and his verbal attacks against black NFL players for “taking the knee” sees him once again with white supremacist ideas.

He has threatened to roll back abortion rights and his comments have helped to normalise blatant sexism and misogyny. The man is completely self-absorbed and totally unconcerned about what he is doing to the reputation of the office.

It is not so much America first, but Trump first. When Donald Trump visits, we need the biggest demonstration against his politics of racism, war and hate while he is here.

Please join us if you are opposed to Trump’s reactionary agenda of racism, xenophobia, escalating war and confrontation in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, reneging on climate change commitments, misogyny, sexism, and homophobia.

The Together Against Trump march and rallies are supported by a wide range of grassroots organisations, trade unions, campaigns against war, racism and austerity, and for women’s rights, as well as politicians and public figures.

The national demonstration is on Friday the 13th of July, with the assembly point at 2pm BBC, Portland Place, W1A 1AA and the rally at 5pm in Trafalgar Square.

Trump has been separating kids from their parents and locking them up in cages in camps. If you’re not going to protest against that – then what? Join us on July 13 when Trump gets the red carpet treatment in Britain.

MURAD QURESHI
Chair of Stop the War

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