Clutching banners bearing slogans such as “Theresa the Appeaser” and “Make America Think Again”, thousands of protesters have gathered outside the US Embassy, before marching through central London.
Good sign bantz at the Trump protest in London. pic.twitter.com/3u2DLohTDj— James Thomas (@thomasj) February 4, 2017
US President Donald Trump’s travel ban has sparked international condemnation. A petition calling for the leader to be prevented from making an official state visit to the UK has garnered over 1.8 million signatures.
An online appeal for the president to be invited has just under 300,000 supporters at the time of writing.
Both petitions will be debated in parliament on February 20, 2017.
Some of the signs at London's protest against Trump's travel ban pic.twitter.com/EVwL1nv5m2— Ikran 👩🏾💻 (@ikrandahir) February 4, 2017
Lindsey German, a spokeswoman for “Stop the War Coalition” attended the London rally.
“I think people worldwide are disgusted at Trump. They think this is totally unjustified. After all, this is a ban on Muslims from seven countries, four of which have been bombed and occupied by American troops.
“So people feel it is against civil liberties, against human rights and it will increase racism. It will also, in my opinion, increase terrorism,” she told reporters.
Around 1,000 people also marched through the centre of the French capital to demonstrate against Trump’s executive order.
A similar number gathered in Sydney. US-Australian relations were tested on Thursday (February 2) following a phone call between the nation’s two leaders in which Trump reportedly labelled the two countries’ refugee resettlement deal “dumb.”