Sheffield gears up for huge anti-Donald Trump protest

Sheffield is to stage a huge city centre protest against US president Donald Trump tomorrow.

Thursday, 12th July 2018, 11:19 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:09 pm
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Hundreds of demonstrators are set to take to the streets to protest against Trump's visit to the UK for a march and speeches - including one from Sheffield's Lord Mayor Magid Magid who last week announced that he had banned the US president from the city.

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Protesters have been making huge Trump lanterns that will be on display at the protest that will include a march through the city centre, returning to Barker's Pool. Thousands of leaflets and window posters have been distributed around the city by volunteers.

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Sheffielders will also add their voices to protests taking place around the UK, including major demonstrations in London and Edinburgh. In addition, two coachloads of demonstrators will be among those heading to the capital from Sheffield.

Maxine Bowler of Sheffield Stand Up to Racism and Sheffield Trades Union Council is one of the organisers of the protest.

She said: "We aim to make Friday the 13th unlucky for Trump. Anger and revulsion against everything he stands for, from racism, sexism and homophobia to discrimination against people with disabilities and transgender people, to warmongering and climate denial, means that the protests have a broad appeal.

"We call on everyone who is angry that Theresa May's increasingly weak and divided Tory government has invited Trump here to join us and stand together for a better world without discrimination, poverty and division."