Hundreds join Trump inauguration protest at Norwich City Hall
PUBLISHED: 18:59 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 19:20 20 January 2017
Copyright: Archant 2017
Over 200 people attended the Trump inauguration protest today at Norwich City Hall.
The protest was arranged by campaign groups Norwich Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) and Norwich Stands Together - one of many protests happening all over the country and in the US.
SUTR member Julie Bremner said the protest was important to show people in this country care about what happens overseas.
She said: “Trump is the most powerful leader in the world and he is not interested in the rights of Muslims, LGBT people, women and disabled people.
“He is creating a division between people and you can see that being replicated here with the way people talk about Muslims and refugees.
“We are part of a global protest which I am really proud of.”
President Trump has been under fire for his previous remarks on a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US, describing Mexican immigrants as ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists’ and dismissing boasts of sexually assaulting women as ‘locker room talk’.
Protesters were brandishing signs reading ‘make love, not walls’ and ‘oppose Trump and his racism’.
Green Party councillor Lesley Grahame, who spoke at the event, said: “We accept Trump is the president but only up to a point - he won with less votes than Hilary Clinton which just shows how flawed democracy is.
“We have a flawed system which needs improvements – it needs to be sorted out so every vote counts.”
Other guest speakers at the protest included University of East Anglia students, members of Stop the War Coalition and Black Lives Matter and Sirajul Islam from Rose Lane Mosque, who thanked the protesters on behalf of Muslims in Norwich for “sending the message to Trump that in this world the most important thing is humanity.”
A wall built of cardboard boxes was ‘broken down’ and protesters formed a line to build a bridge with the broken pieces, which organisers said “symbolises the strength of solidarity.”