Scores of people in King’s Lynn gather to protest against Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’
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Dozens of people joined the Trump ban protest in King's Lynn brandishing placards reading 'Love Trumps Hate' last night.
The demonstration outside Town Hall on Saturday Market Place was organised by Jo Rust, member of the local Labour Party.
Speaking at the event, she said: 'His hateful policies is all of our business, we must speak up against hate and discrimination.
'It is right and proper to take to the streets and say not in our name.'
This was one of many protests happening across the country in response to the US President's 90-day ban of people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering The US.
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President of the West Norfolk Islamic Association Azam Gabbair said: 'There's a lot of diversity in our community, the ban affects everybody.
'President Trumps actions since assuming office can only be described as being not only anti-Muslim but anti-everything. He is very much pro-confrontation at all levels.
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'The executive order against those Muslim-majority countries will fester itself into a breeding ground platform of racist behaviour to communities throughout the US.'
Demonstrators gathered in King's Lynn to speak out against the ban, with one protestor saying 'small things can do big things.'
Church of England Reverend Laura Baker said: 'We cannot allow this ban on Muslims to stand - it is stereotyping a group because of their religion and less than a week after Holocaust Memorial Day, we cannot allow this to happen again.'
Keely Mcguiness said she has had to explain to her four-year-old child who Trump is and what racism means, which she described as an 'awkward' conversation.
In response to the protest, North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham said: 'We live in a democracy and so I don't object protests but this is a futile and inappropriate protest.
'A demonstration against him might make people feel better and Trump may have said a lot of silly things but whether we approve of his comments or not he is a democratically elected leader.
'He is one of our closest and biggest allies and a key trading ally.'