HUNDREDS of protesters headed to Albert Square to protest against Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK.
A day of action has taken part in Manchester to protest against the upcoming visit of Donald Trump to the UK.
Around 400 demonstrators took part in the protest in Albert Square at around 6pm on Monday evening, whilst a smaller march occurred on Monday lunchtime.
The protests were part of a series of demonstrations that took place across the country, with other locations including London, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Stand Up To Trump and Stand Up To Racism organised the Manchester rally which was supported by many other organisations such as The People’s Assembly and The Socialist Party.
Lisa Matthews from Right to Remain, says that the march is part of ‘One day without us’ which celebrates migration across the UK.
“We’re protesting to defend migrant’s rights and since today is also the day that parliament is debating the state visit of Donald Trump, and we’re trying to send a message to say that we don’t want those politics of hate and division”.
“We’re wanting to send the message that someone like Donald Trump is not welcome in the UK, the state visit by him will cost millions of pounds and we feel that this money is much more needed for other projects and for supporting the education and the NHS”.
The march that took place in Piccadilly Gardens was also to support the campaign ‘These Walls Must Fall’ which aims to tackle the problems that they believe exist in immigration detention.
Steph Pike, from Stand Up To Trump says that last night’s protest further backs up the other four protests that have taken place in the city and she used her speech to put across that the group would demonstrate for as long as it takes to get Donald Trump blocked from the UK.
Despite the lower turnout numbers compared to the last protest that took place in Albert Square, Steph is still happy that people have turned out.
“The turnout that we’ve had tonight is really great, the fact that people have come out on a cold, wet Monday night is brilliant. Hopefully this will be building up to a massive campaign if he does come over, where we will see many more people on the streets of our cities to protest his visit”
Earlier this month, one of the protests that took place in Albert Square had an estimated 4000 people demonstrate against Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’.
By Liam Shaw