‘Build bridges, not walls’ - Norwich to protest Trump’s inauguration

Protesters against Trump. Picture: STAND UP TO RACISM

Protesters against Trump. Picture: STAND UP TO RACISM - Credit: Norwich Stand Up To Racism

Over 200 people are expected to gather at Norwich City Hall today to protest Donald Trump's inauguration.

President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) - Credit: AP

It will be one of many planned around the globe when Trump is sworn in as America's 45th President.

Organisers are urging people to join the protest to stand with those who they believe will suffer as a result of Trump's election.

Julie Bremner of Norwich Stand Up To Racism said: 'Donald Trump's election is alarming for all who are concerned with peace, justice and human rights.'

This is in response to the President-elect's previous remarks on a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US and describing Mexicans as 'criminals' and 'rapists'.

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Thorpe Hamlet Ward Green Party councillor Lesley Grahame is due to speak at the protest planned today at 4pm – 6pm.

She said: 'People are standing together all over the world against ignorance and bullying and for collective action on climate, inequality and respect.

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'We need to make this wake-up call loud enough to withstand the threats and find creative equitable solutions. Building bridges not walls is a fantastic start.'

Norwich South MP and Shadow Business Secretary Clive Lewis signed a statement produced by the anti-racism group Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) backing the demonstration.

Members of the newly-formed SUTR Lowestoft will be displaying a short theatrical street play at 1pm outside WHSmith, London Road, whereby a mock 'Donald Trump' will be portioning out a cake of wealth which member Emma Bateman said will 'demonstrate how the wealth of the country will be concerntrated on a few people.'

The Norwich protest will coincide with the mass demonstration taking place in Washington DC, which is expected to be one of the biggest protests in American history with over 200,000 people expected to flood the streets.

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