Sheffielders take to streets in Trump protest

Protesters gather at Sheffield City Hall
Protesters gather at Sheffield City Hall
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A vocal group of protesters marched into the heart of Sheffield tonight to protest against US President Donald Trump's policies.

About 300 people gathered at Devonshire Green before making the journey down Division Street to Sheffield Town Hall.

A woman named Humairaa recited a poem about being a refugee during the protest

A woman named Humairaa recited a poem about being a refugee during the protest

They chanted against President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May along the way.

"Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here," the chant went as they

Police officers on bicycles, and on foot, stopped the traffic from the side streets as the protesters made their way towards the city centre.

The march, organised by the Stand Up to Trump Coalition, was conducted in conjunction with the One Day Without Us: National Day of action, celebrating the contribution migrants have made to the UK.

Speakers included a woman named Humairaa, who shared a poem about her journey as a refugee.

Organiser Maxine Bowler expected half term holidays and cool weather to take its toll on the numbers.

She was still pleased with the turnout.

The number of young people in the crowd was a good sign, Miss Bowler, who's a Heeley resident, said.

"The numbers from the black and Asian communities was a good sign," she said.

Sheffield was a welcoming city, Ms Bowler said. and that was reflected in Monday night's turnout.

A young girl won the hearts of many with her words on Monday night. She attended the march with an adult, and volunteered to say something to the crowd.

"She said Trump is a bully and a racist," Ms Bowler said.

"She was only about eight or nine."