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'Not in our name': Protestors clash at anti-Trump rally in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 20:26 03 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:15 05 June 2019

Lesley Grahame, Green Party Norwich city councillor, speaks to a rally outside City Hall protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

Lesley Grahame, Green Party Norwich city councillor, speaks to a rally outside City Hall protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

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Protestors objecting to Donald Trump's UK state visit clashed with supporters of the US president at a rally in Norwich.

A protestor at the Norwich Together Against Trump rally outside City Hall, protesting the US president's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany WhymarkA protestor at the Norwich Together Against Trump rally outside City Hall, protesting the US president's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

Dozens gathered at the Norwich Together Against Trump rally on Monday evening, just hours after Mr Trump landed at Stansted Airport to begin his three-day trip.

Speakers at the rally outside City Hall voiced their opposition to Mr Trump, citing his denial of climate change and his controversial immigration policies.

One of the homemade signs being waved by protestors at a rally outside City Hall in Norwich protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany WhymarkOne of the homemade signs being waved by protestors at a rally outside City Hall in Norwich protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

During the rally protestors become embroiled in a heated row with passing Trump supporters, primarily clashing over the president being labelled a "fascist sympathiser".

Co-organiser of the rally Mary Littlefield said: "One of the thing we are very proud of in Norwich is that we are a city of strangers, we have welcomed people in the past from all sorts of places. I think people are very proud of the fact that this city is not divisive. Trump represents everything that we do not."

Nick O'Brien from the Norwich Stop The War Coalition speaks to protestors outside City Hall in Norwich at a rally protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany WhymarkNick O'Brien from the Norwich Stop The War Coalition speaks to protestors outside City Hall in Norwich at a rally protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

Lesley Grahame, Green Party city councillor, said Mr Trump's state visit "is not in our name".

"It is a real privilege to hold public office, at any level, in any party," she said.

People gathered outside City Hall in Norwich for a rally protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany WhymarkPeople gathered outside City Hall in Norwich for a rally protesting against US president Donald Trump's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

"We expect our governments to protect us and the material, physical biosphere that is essential to everyone's survival.

"You try to honour the people you represent by enriching the role, and leaving the world a bit better than you found it. On that basis there is an F word we can use from Trump: it's failure. He has turned his office toxic."

A man wearing a high-vis jacket emblazoned with one of Donald Trump's favourite sayings, A man wearing a high-vis jacket emblazoned with one of Donald Trump's favourite sayings, "drain the swap", watches a rally outside City Hall in Norwich protesting against the US president's state visit to the UK. Picture: Bethany Whymark

Nick O'Brien from Norwich Stop The War said we lived in a "dangerous period", in which we could not allow ourselves "to be divided".

The organisers of the rally, including Stand Up To Racism Norwich, are taking a delegation of protesters to join the national demonstration against Mr Trump's state visit in London on Tuesday.

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