Trump protests joined by small city demo

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Andrew Gibbons addresses crowd at anti-Trump rally. Pic © JMU Journalism

As nationwide demonstrations against President Donald Trump spread last night during a Parliamentary debate against his proposed state visit, a small group of protesters hit town to make their feelings known.

Rallies were held in cities such as London, Manchester and Leeds, London, although the Liverpool protest was much smaller in number and not on the same scale as other recent demos in the city.

Members from the Socialist Party gathered outside Lime Street station following the decision by the Government to offer the state visit to the controversial US President.

Hugh Caffrey, regional organiser for the Socialist Party, told JMU Journalism: “I’m here today because I’m opposed to Donald Trump’s racist agenda, I’m opposed to his misogynistic agenda, and I’m opposed to his right wing neo-liberal agenda.

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“I think Trump, Theresa May and all the Tories and Republicans are the absolute opposite of what this city’s about. The people of Liverpool, the ordinary people, together with our brothers and sisters in America, defeated racism in the past and we’ve got to do it again.”

Coinciding with Presidents’ Day in the US, thousands across the country rallied together as MPs debated Trump’s trip to Britain, which is set to be later this year.

Secretary of Liverpool Against Trump, Alan Gibbons, addressed the crowd, speaking out against UK Prime Minister May’s growing relationship with the US leader.

Liverpool Socialist Singers singing at anti-Trump rally. Pic © JMU Journalism

Mr Gibbons also criticised UKIP leader Paul Nuttall for his actions, along with French far right political party leader, Marine Le Pen.

Since Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States, there has been a major backlash, with this being one of several Trump protests in Liverpool.

Member of the Socialist Party, Simon Wetherington, told JMU Journalism: “It’s about keeping up the pressure. We’ve come down to oppose Trump-ism, to stand with the people of this city and the people of the world.”

Liverpool Socialist Singers also joined the crowd outside Lime Street, singing songs to demonstrate against the Prime Minister, along with Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and public sector cuts.

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