It was an anti-Trump rally

Did the editor read Mary Steele's letter about the Anti-Trump Rally before awarding it Star Letter of the day under the heading '˜Sharing the Struggles of Others World Wide' which is the complete opposite of Donald Trump's favourite slogan, '˜America First.'

Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 6:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 6:58 am
Sheffield Together Against Trump protest outside Sheffield City Hall. Picture: Chris Etchells

Mary criticises Hassun El-Zafir’s speech at the rally for incitement to hatred and division, without realising that the whole event was to declare hatred of Trump’s racist and divisive policies.

I do agree with just one aspect of Mary’s tirade.

The word Wasteman, meaning waste of space, implies irrelevance whereas Trump is a threat to world peace and racial equality, therefore by no means irrelevant.

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She goes on to imply that the rally was dominated by students bussed around the country free of charge.

I don’t know what evidence she has for this, but what I saw was organisations with their banners proudly supporting world peace, the NHS, anti-apartheid, trade unions, gay rights, nuclear disarmament and many others, plus ordinary concerned middle-aged men and women, many accompanied by their children.

The accompanying photo shows perhaps one in the crowd who might be described as a student.

The rant goes on to imply that students got off their supposedly free bus to bring about a change through the ballot box.

No it wasn’t. It was an anti-Trump rally.

G Shepherd

St Peter Avenue, Sheffield, S36