UK to hold massive anti-Trump rally
Thousands of activists across the UK have pledged to partake in what they call the largest protest against US President Donald Trump in the country.
Activists, lawmakers, and trade unions have indicated that they would partake in the rally on Monday, which is organized by the Stop Trump coalition. The demonstration is expected to draw at least 10,000 people.
The Stop Trump coalition said that the protests would also “hold up a mirror to our own society,” which has experienced a spike in hate crimes ever since 52 percent of Britons voted to end the country’s membership in the European Union (EU).
“Our hope is that this mass movement can swing public opinion on a range of issues in a way that progressives have never managed before, and on issues on which we have been losing for decades,” said the group’s spokesman.
Unison, GMB and the National Union of Students were some of the unions that supported the protest.
Politicians from major political parties like Labour and Liberal Democrats would also attend the rally.
The event comes days after the UK government rejected a petition signed by 1.8 million people to scrap Trump’s planned state visit to the country.
“The planned state visit should clearly be cancelled and the invitation binned. It’s no wonder that almost 2 million people have signed a petition against the visit, and I’m proud that so many of my constituents have joined that call,” said Caroline Lucas, a Green Party MP who was attending the event.
Trump has been faced with a steady stream of protests and marches since his inauguration. The mass rallies have been mostly focused on immigration and women’s rights, drawing millions of people around the globe on the first day of his presidency.
On Saturday, protesters in New York City staged a mock funeral for “American Presidency” to show their disregard for Trump.
Hundreds of activists gathered in Manhattan’s Washington Park Square on Saturday, carrying a casket that mock cardboard black casket that symbolically contained the presidency.
According to the protesters, the presidency was “born” on April 30, 1789, when George Washington was inaugurated as the country’s first president, and “died” on January 20, 2017, when Trump took office.