Crowds gather at Norwich's City Hall to protest about Donald Trump's UK visit
PUBLISHED: 21:11 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 14 July 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
Several hundred people gathered outside Norwich's City Hall to protest about Donald Trump's visit to the UK.
While the American president spent the day holding talks with prime minister Theresa May at Chequers and meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, there were protests in London and places around the country including Norwich.
Armed with placards with slogans such as “No to Racism, No to Trump” and “Dump Trump!”, people joined forces for the Norwich Together Against Trump demonstration on Friday night.
Speakers included local activist Katy Jon Went and former Norwich North MP Dr Ian Gibson, and the crowds enjoyed hearing anti-Trump songs and joining in with chants such as “Trump Out, Refugees In!”
Julie Bremner, from Norwich Stand Up To Racism and Refugees Welcome, said: “People came to protest Trump’s visit, many people are very angry about somebody who represents something mysogynistic, his views on women are appalling, his views on race are terrible...the list goes on. Why is the UK government giving this man a visit and allowing him into our country? I agree with Sadiq Khan to say that he (President Trump) doesn’t represent the values of diversity and multiculturalism that we celebrate here in Norwich and the UK.”
Aamer Raza, 56, from Cringleford, was among those at the demonstration. He said: “Pretty much everything Trump stands for I find quite appalling and very unsettling. It is an uncertain and anxious time for the world and anything that we can do to voice opposition to that I will do.”
Jules Robbin, 47, from Norwich, was with her 14-year-old daughter Tamsin Martin. She said: “I could not go to London, which I would have liked to have done, but I wanted to show how disgusted I am at Trump being in this country and just his obscene politics.”
Some Norfolk members of Together Against Trump also travelled to the capital to join the London protests, meanwhile Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman also called Donald Trump’s comments in an interview with The Sun newspaper as “outrageous”. Tweeting a link to the interview in which President Trump claims Theresa May ignored his advice about Brexit, Mr Freeman wrote: “Outrageous. This why it was the right thing not to offer Trump a State Visit. The qualification for a State Visit is to behave like a Head of State.”