There Were An Awful Lot Of Very British Signs At Protests Last Night
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Last night in various places in the UK, such as Manchester and London, Brits came together to protest Donald Trump's state visit to Ol' Blighty.
Some people were quick to point out that denying Trump entry into a country is slightly hypocritical given that him doing exactly that sparked the protest. That's a whole other can of worms, to be honest, and we really shouldn't be denying these people the likes, retweets and shares that they deserve.
Though the protest obviously had it's serious connotations, it was also a chance for the people of this country to demonstrate just how British they can be, via the means of placards and signs.
It seems that Donald Trump is a great person to make protest signs for.
Among the various protests there were heartfelt placards, such as a Jewish boy sat on his dad's shoulders holding a sign saying 'hate has no home here', while there was also a Muslim child sat on their dad's shoulders holding a similar sign.
It was the funny signs that caught people's eyes, though.
as usual scotland produce the best protest signs against trump pic.twitter.com/1wdtCWvGnH
- cait (@notwokecait) January 31, 2017
Favorite sign of the protest so far #StAndrews #TrumpProtest #StandUpToTrump #ScotlandAgainstTrump pic.twitter.com/1uoupOxTTL
- Ben Frost (@BFrostipops) January 30, 2017
My winner for best #TrumpProtest sign to date, outstanding!! pic.twitter.com/216XZ8uZEv
- mike millar (@millar_windy66) January 30, 2017
We are History teachers , we know how this ends .. protest in London following Trump #MuslimBan #StandUpToTrump pic.twitter.com/RuoSvIKA0j
- Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) January 30, 2017
Only in Newcastle would you see this at a Trump protest! :joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/nfMFU45Ktp
- The Empress Bar (@EmpressBar) January 30, 2017
Love this banner from the protest in Manchester, UK. #TrumpBan #travelban #trump pic.twitter.com/DI5QOwcA1L
- Martin Stand (@QuakerWolf) January 30, 2017
She does not say this lightly. #ScotlandAgainstTrump pic.twitter.com/lcdurvorgS
- Jamie Ross (@JamieRoss7) January 30, 2017
Donald Trump Muslim ban protest, Albert Square, Manchester @MENnewsdesk pic.twitter.com/anfR8rvH8b
- Dom Salter (@ds_salter) January 30, 2017
Definitely the best sign from the #TrumpProtest in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/N2TEYKJIz1
- Jon Turner (@thisisjonturner) January 30, 2017
Representing at the #Manchester #TrumpProtest pic.twitter.com/QN8Qm6M19Y
- Matt Thompson (@ItsMattThompson) January 30, 2017
Protest against Trump's latest atrocity- Muslim ban today 6pm Albert Square Manchester City Centre pic.twitter.com/TgKergyXcz
- Karen Harrison (@kash1299) January 30, 2017
two favourite banners from tonight#standuptotrump #MuslimBanprotest #trump #SayNoToRacism #bristol @GritBristol #streetphotography pic.twitter.com/g8UF9uZTh0
- Jason Jackson (@jj_fiction) January 30, 2017
The protests follow Trump's decision to sign an executive order which bans people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen from entering the United States for at least 90 days.
Barack Obama had his say on the matter last night, making it the first time he's commented on political issues since leaving the White House to make way for Trump.
Via a statement released by his post-presidential office, he didn't go into great detail about the order, but did say that "American values are at stake", the Daily Mail reported.
"President Obama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country," the statement said. "Citizens exercising their Constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake."
People have already felt the wrath of the order, having not been able to enter America.
Trump commented that if he had given any sort of notice of him signing the ban then people from the countries involved in the ban would flood into the nation.
Unfortunately, Iranian PhD graduate Nazanin Zinouri was unable to re-enter the US after visiting her family in Iran. She has a house, car, job and dog in America, but couldn't return to them, without warning, after being escorted off a flight.
Nazanin's tragic story echoes the worries Olympic athlete Sir Mo Farrah experienced.
The British passport holder, who was born in Somalia, now living in the US, is understood to be away training in Ethiopia, meaning he may not be able to return to his family in America.
He took to Facebook to respond to Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban' that blocks travel to the USA from seven Muslim-majority countries, accusing Trump of "making him an alien".
Other celebrities such as Rihanna have voiced their disgust over Trump's actions, taking to social media to let their feelings be heard.
David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper in Stranger Things, took an opportunity after winning an award at the SAGs for best ensemble in a drama series to make a passionate speech about the new president.
"This award from you who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe, like me, that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from the great men and women to go deeper and through our art battle fear, self-centerdness, and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to develop a more empathetic and understanding society," he said.
He added: "We 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts and those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss against the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will - as per Chief Jim Hopper - punch some people in the face."
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