On Monday the 30th of January, a protest was held outside Downing Street against the state visit that Prime Minister Theresa May has allowed, to President Trump, despite his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. President Trump, throughout his campaigning, stood by his ideas of creating walls against immigration, and his opposition against Muslim countries, as he claims that it protects the USA from terrorists and extremists, condemning all Muslims to be extremist supporters. The 90 day travel ban has caused an uprising of opposition, and on the Monday, protests were held across the UK in places like London, Manchester, and Brighton to ban Trump from having a state visit the same way he has banned refugees and citizens from those seven countries.
I, myself, participated in the London protest with a group of my friends. As soon as we got to the Westminster tube station, it was clear to see how many people were passionate about the cause from the fact that the whole station was full of protesters waiting to get outside and voice their opinions. This was the first ever protest I had been to, and in my opinion, it was a fantastic experience! The street was buzzing from the energy and all down the streets you could hear the chanting, whether it was “Shame on May”, to how Trump has got to go, to he shouldn’t be allowed in our country. It did get extremely crowded to the point I stepped on a few toes and elbowed people accidentally, but nobody minded. As one person said to me, “We are all here to show our love for all humanity, so we should be proud to stand so closely together without fear.”
There were also many signs at the protest that did catch my eye. There were quite a few funny ones like “There will be hell Toupee” and there were many addressing the racism and Islamophobia issue of Trump’s government. My favourite sign of all the ones I saw was a quote from Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings. I love the films and books but it was the quote that was the most moving and one we should all learn to do to make this world a better place;
“It is the everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love”