Sheffield to take part in Stop Trump protests with march on City Hall this evening

Sheffield protesters are set to take part in a national demonstration against Donald Trump by marching on City Hall later this afternoon.

Monday, 20th February 2017, 12:58 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:32 am
Protesters outside Sheffield City Hall in January

The march has been planned in conjunction with the One Day Without Us: National Day Of Action - celebrating the contribution of migrants to the UK.

Newly formed Sheffield Stand Up To Trump Coalition will march from Devonshire Green at 5pm to Sheffield City Hall as MPs debate the Trump visit petition.

A post on the Stand Up To Racism Sheffield's Facebook page read: "This event will be a fun day of action which will involve a march from Devonshire Green to Sheffield City Hall and has been called to coincide with the debate on the Trump visit petition as well as the 1 Day Without Us National Day of Action."

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Parliament will debate the US President's state visit later today after nearly two million people signed a petition calling for it to be cancelled.

Although the Government has officially rejected the petition, it is compelled to respond to all petitions that receive more than 10,00 signatures and to consider for debate in Parliament any that reach more than 100,000.

MPs will spend up to three hours debating the petition from 4.30pm and, although it will have no legal force or vote, the debate will give them a chance to express their opinions on the planned state visit.

The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up To Racism are coordinating the events, which are due to take place across the country, to coincide with the Parliamentary debate.

As well as marching, protesters have also been urged to "symbolically" celebrate migrants by wearing badges, posting supportive selfies or putting posters in their windows.

The action groups have protested against Mr Trump's Travel Ban and called a day of action to "stand up and say no to the future of hatred, racism and division that Donald Trump is trying to create".

Famous names including Brian Eno, Lily Allen and Frankie Boyle are all part of the Stop Trump Coalition along with MPs including Ed Miliband (Labour), Caroline Lucas (Green Party), and Tim Farron (Lib Dem).

Organisations including Sheffield Stop the War Coalition, Sheffield People's Assembly. Sheffield Trades Council, Sheffield NUT Yemeni Community Association and Faithstar have all backed the protest.

Hundreds of protesters turned up at Sheffield City Hall on Monday, January 30, to protest Mr Trump's Travel Ban.