Hundreds of demonstrators are expected this evening in central Falmouth to express their disgust at Trump’s travel ban and Teresa May’s supposedly complicity and silence on the subject.
The new president signed an executive order on Friday that immediately banned travel from 7 countries . It halted the entire US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banned Syrian refugees, and suspended all nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Overnight the US government has confirmed that those with dual nationality of ‘allied’ countries including the UK will be allowed entry to the states. At the weekend recently knighted double Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah publicly expressed his worry that he would not be allowed back into the US – he was born in Somalia, has UK passport and lives in the states with his family. He was out of the country when the ban was signed and until this morning would not have been allowed back in.
Today’s Falmouth demo (5-8pm at The Moor) will be one of many simultaneous protests across the country and the world.
More than 900,000 people have signed an online petition against Trump’s state visit to Britain whilst his own travel ban is in place.
The organisers have released the following statement:
*DEMO AGAINST THE #MUSLIMBAN AT THE MOOR IN FALMOUTH, 5PM
“Donald Trump has imposed a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
That includes people who helped the US army. That includes people on holiday trying to get home via the United States. That includes people trying to be reunited with their dying parents.
It also includes Britons with dual nationality. Like our national hero Mo Farah. Even the Iraq-born Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi.
Theresa May has decided to ally herself with Donald Trump’s bigoted, misogynistic government. She has refused to speak out against Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan – even when her own Members of Parliament are targeted. It is not only weak, it is a matter of national shame – disgracing our country across the world.
There are moments of terrible injustice throughout history where we look back and rightly ask – what did people do? Future generations will look back at the targeting of Muslims – as we look back at the targeting of Jews – with disgust, horror and shame. If we do not speak out, we are complicit.
Theresa May has betrayed her own people. That doesn’t mean we have to. Let’s stand in solidarity with those targeted by Donald Trump’s hateful government, including the people of this country, outside Downing Street and all over Britain.
Other governments – like Canada, like France, like Germany – have spoken out. Our weak, cowardly government has refused to. Let’s not have the same cowardice and betrayal as our own government”
CS will be there- of course!!