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Future Voices: Why protests are so important

PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 April 2017

Anti-Trump protest in Norwich.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Anti-Trump protest in Norwich. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

On February 1, about 2000 people gathered outside Norwich City Hall to protest against Donald Trump’s policy of banning seven different countries from the United States, as well as Theresa May’s invitation for a state visit.

After announcing his plans for the policy, people across the globe were left stunned and shocked.

The people of Norwich took it into their hands to create a protest like many other countries and cities had too, expressing their beliefs loudly and clearly.

Signs made of cardboard and paper were raised high throughout the crowd, reading messages such as ‘make love not a wall’ and ‘silence = compliance’.

People of all ages joined together for this protest and as a young person, I was proud to see many my age and younger amongst them.

One young person from Norwich gave his view on the protests.

Louis Kernahan, 17, Norwich said: “The protests show unity between the young people and all generations across the world. Seeing so many people crowded around city hall was a fantastic sight, it may not have changed anything but everyone being together shows how change in the hands of young people can and will happen.”

Louis added: “It is important for young people to have their say. Soon we will be the people in charge of the government and change. We need to make positive changes for our own future leaders as well as current.”

Protests like these can be a powerful platform to have your say and express your own and others’ rights.

They can unite people across the country and world who are all fighting for the same beliefs.

• Were you at the protests last month? If so get in touch on Twitter at @FutureVoicesNfk

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