‘Ban Donald Trump from Britain’


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By Lamiat Sabin and Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Don’t let Trump in, Jeremy Corbyn tells toadie Theresa

Monday 30th January 2017

THERESA MAY was urged yesterday to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain in response to the US president’s Islamophobic ban on refugees and nationals of several Muslim countries entering the US.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and SNP foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond all called on the Prime Minister to scrap the plans to roll out the red carpet for the billionaire bigot later this year.

Thousands of demonstrators are planning to protest against the ban, which applies to visitors to the US from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, outside Downing Street and across the country today from 6pm.

A march organised by a coalition of groups including Stand Up To Racism and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is planned for outside the US embassy next Saturday.

Mr Corbyn told ITV’s Peston On Sunday: “I am not happy with him coming here until that ban is lifted, quite honestly.”

Westminster could debate the visit after a petition on the Parliament website topped half a million signatures by yesterday evening.

Graham Guest, who started the petition, said that he fears Mr Trump will use the visit and the accompanying photo opportunities with royalty to bolster his image and to “legitimise his presidency.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of a major Western city, also demanded that Mr Trump’s visit be cancelled over the “cruel and shameful ban.”

MCB — the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella group — has called on the government to “stand up for British values” in speaking out against the ban.

It said the barring of Muslims would not help tackle terrorism, but rather was imposed to “placate the most hateful sections of American society.”

MCB general secretary Harun Khan said: “This ban on Muslims is not only an inconvenience, it is downright dangerous to our values of equality and non-discrimination.

“Our government should express in no uncertain terms how daft this policy is to its US counterparts and press home how counterproductive it is in its professed fight to confront terrorism.

“As an important ally of the United States, surely we have a duty to remind them of the values they were founded upon.”

After initially saying that the ban was simply a matter for the US, No 10 said Ms May does not agree with the policy and would act to help British citizens who would be affected.

Protests erupt at US airports condemning Trump’s travel ban: here.

With protests taking place in the US and throughout the world, May was forced into an abrupt U-turn after initially refusing to comment on Trump’s edict banning Muslims from entering the US: here.

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22 thoughts on “‘Ban Donald Trump from Britain’

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  2. Sunday 29th January 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    IF THERESA MAY believes this country is ready for a shameful love-in with Donald Trump, she has badly misjudged the public mood — and she must be made to pay for it.

    A weekend spent schmoozing a US bigot who has slapped a flagrantly racist travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries and a Turkish tyrant who flings opposition MPs into jail and shuts down critical newspapers exposes the depths of May’s cynicism and hypocrisy.

    Mealy mouthed platitudes about not sharing the new president’s enthusiasm for torturing prisoners and labelling his ban on refugees “divisive and wrong” clearly count for nothing when the bewigged Wotsit in the White House is to be honoured with a state visit.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for that invite to be withdrawn unless and until Trump removes his ban on Muslims would make it clear to Washington that Britain will not wink at the normalisation of statesanctioned racism.

    Our country was deeply complicit in the human rights abuses of the George W Bush years. British ministers connived at the use of British territories for the transfer of victims of the “extraordinary rendition” programme, and Blairite hero David Miliband fought a long court battle — in vain — to prevent the extent of our intelligence services’ involvement in the torture of suspects becoming public knowledge.

    We now have a chance, not to make amends for the lives ruined in the “war on terror,” but at least to avoid partnership in an unholy alliance with a regime hell-bent on rolling back the decades on human rights and civil liberties.

    May’s own calculation is obvious enough. Like the liberals she affects to despise, she sees the result of last year’s referendum on EU membership, when a majority backed withdrawal, as a green light to rip up rights, demonise immigrants and drown the left in a wave of tub-thumping nationalist populism.

    Divisions on the left have helped her in this project — not least the tendency of some Labour MPs to try to block Article 50 or demand a second referendum, a stance guaranteed to alienate millions and which lets the right pose as the defenders of democracy.

    But as Jeremy Corbyn noted last June, the referendum result showed the scale of “dissatisfaction with the status quo” rather than signalling that a majority of British voters were racist.

    Just as polls show there is no appetite, even among most Remain voters, for Parliament to overturn the result of the vote, they also indicate widespread backing for Labour’s demand that EU nationals resident here be guaranteed the right to stay.

    “Send ’em back” vitriol from the far-right fringe has grown louder since last June, but it is still a sentiment that disgusts the majority.

    In broadcasting that message loud and clear this week we can show solidarity with immigrant communities in Britain and indeed with those in the United States and elsewhere who are menaced by Trump and his rotten administration of investment bankers, oil barons and Ku Klux Klan sympathisers.

    All those who can make it should support the demonstration outside Downing Street tonight in protest at May’s silence over the Muslim ban.

    And we should build for the march this coming Saturday called by Stop the War, Stand Up to Racism, the Muslim Council of Britain and others against the May-Trump alliance.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a92c-No-to-racist-appeasement#.WI8bLfKff6g

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  3. 30 January action against Trump and his anti-migrant and anti-Muslim “executive order”

    London https://www.facebook.com/events/359732827741189/

    Leicester: meet at the Clock Tower, 5.30 20:41 https://www.facebook.com/events/163409027485279/

    Leeds https://www.facebook.com/events/1260038597373263/

    Manchester https://www.facebook.com/events/1178903268872705/

    Edinburgh https://www.facebook.com/events/730670750432521/

    Nottingham https://www.facebook.com/events/228017187660153/ and Beeston https://www.facebook.com/events/758959984258276/

    Cambridge https://www.facebook.com/events/1837431089828484/

    Warwick https://www.facebook.com/events/1640545546247932/

    Oxford https://www.facebook.com/events/1379339422139172/

    Cardiff https://www.facebook.com/events/163108354183859/

    Brighton https://www.facebook.com/events/350304378689960/

    Birmingham https://www.facebook.com/events/1827033917584384/

    Sheffield https://www.facebook.com/events/240434393073850/

    Falmouth https://www.facebook.com/events/366258137074758/

    Cheltenham https://www.facebook.com/events/582877358574907/

    Glasgow https://www.facebook.com/events/732127103622747/

    York https://www.facebook.com/events/222422104831664/

    Preston https://www.facebook.com/events/256223411480481/

    Hastings https://www.facebook.com/events/1754828304835999/

    Bristol https://www.facebook.com/events/1842019126039177/

    4 February, London: Assemble 11am Saturday 4th February at the US Embassy 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ followed by a march to Downing St. https://www.facebook.com/events/1761835547477556/

    Academics in the USA have launched an online protest which, as of Sunday evening UK time, had nearly 5000 signatures including 35 Nobel Laureates and 34 winners of Fields/Dirac/Clark/Turing/Poincare Medals, Breakthrough Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship.

    https://notoimmigrationban.com/

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  4. On the question of Trump, Corbyn said that: ‘Donald Trump should not be welcomed to Britain while he abuses our shared values with his shameful Muslim ban and attacks on refugees’ and women’s rights.’

    Far from meeting Trump, Corbyn added: ‘Theresa May would be failing the British people if she does not postpone the state visit and condemn Trump’s actions in the clearest terms. That’s what Britain expects and deserves.’

    This came in the wake of Trump’s executive order that halted the entire US refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

    Responding to May’s press conference in Turkey, Corbyn added: ‘After Trump’s hideous actions and May’s weak failure to condemn them, it’s more important than ever for us to say to refugees seeking a place of safety, that they will always be welcome in Britain.’

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/12927

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