THOUSANDS of people are gathering in London today as a united front opposes the hateful politics of US President Donald Trump.
Today’s Stand Up to Trump rally has been called by a broad coalition of labour and progressive movement organisations in Britain.
It is the first anti-Trump event backed by the Muslim Association of Britain, the Muslim Council of Britain and the Muslim Engagement and Development group in a display of unity against Mr Trump’s policies.
Protesters will meet at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square at 11am before marching to Downing Street for a rally.
Organisers are demanding that PM Theresa May cancel a state visit offered to the US leader and are urging unity to build a mass movement against his divisive politics.
A Stand Up to Trump statement signed by by trade union leaders, MPs and faith groups says: “Time is short. We cannot allow racism to seep deeper into society and whatever our other differences, we must unite together to meet this serious threat.”
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”
And the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament urged supporters to “demonstrate against the special nuclear relationship and say no ‘Muslim Ban’ this Saturday in London.”
Ms May’s continued silence over the travel ban as she toured Malta yesterday, where she tried to persuade European Nato allies to increase defence spending, has led to her being branded a “Trump sycophant” and accused of doing the US president’s bidding.
Ms May’s call comes after Mr Trump refused to rule out military action against Iran on Thursday, saying: “Nothing is off the table.”
Further sanctions were imposed on Iran by the US government yesterday in response to the country’s test launch of a ballistic missile last weekend.
Mr Trump tweeted: “Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the US made with them!”
Later he channelled former Egypt autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s habit of blaming conspiracies in the face of popular opposition, saying: “Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters are proving the point of the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Today’s rally sees the broadest coalition since the 2002 anti-war movement.
A Stand Up to Trump summit will be held from 10.30am at Friends Meeting House in London on February 18.
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