Huge 2,000-strong crowd protest Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ in Brighton

Posted On 30 Jan 2017 at 8:42 pm

Brighton city centre was brought to a standstill tonight as an estimated 2,000 people took to the streets to peacefully protest US President Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries entering the States.

The rally at Brighton Town Hall in Bartholomew Square started at 6pm, which had to be closed to people coming in when the crowds swelled to 2,000.

Following that, about 1,500 of the demonstrators marched to Brighton Station, leading Brighton and Hove Police to warn motorists to avoid the area.

Speakers at the rally included Brighton councillor Emma Daniel who said: “What message do we in Brighton and Hove have for Trump the homophobe, Trump the misogynist, Trump the racist – and make no mistake – Trump the fascist

“We have this message – love trumps hate.

“As a woman, I know that this hatred leads to murder. We lost our own sister, Jo Cox, to bloody nationalism.

“We will remember her words tonight and say them with pride: ‘We have more in common that that which divides us.’

“We will not stand by, we will stand up.”

Cllr Daniel and other activists also raised £360 for the Brighton and Hove Racial Harassment Forum, with Green Cllr, Mayor Pete West agreeing to lock the donations away in his office.

The crowd was also addressed by co-chair of the Brighton and Hove Green Party Davy Jones who said: “Friends, we stand here tonight at a turning point in history demonstrating for the kind of world we want to live in.

“A future where we are all equal, not a future where some of our friends, neighbours and fellow citizens of the world are banned because of their religion, the colour of their skin, because they are a convenient scapegoat, because the President of the United States is a bully, a misogynist and a racist.

“I’ve been around in politics for many years and these are the darkest days I can remember. It’s not just Donald Trump we face.

“Dangerous authoritarian reactionaries are in the ascendancy around the globe from Turkey to the Philippines, from Hungary to Russia.

“Our opponents preach misogyny, racism, torture and they deny climate change and all the while they strengthen their reactionary axis.”

Protester Daniel Kane, an American academic who has lived in Brighton for ten years, said: “Trump has created a global movement, despite his desire to keep America first and transform the United States into a fortress.

“He has inspired people around the globe to stand up against this completely absurd and irrational effort of his to arbitrarily stop entire nations from coming to the United States.”

A number of police officers were at the peaceful protest which started at 5.15pm outside the town hall and then assisted around 1,500 people who decided to then march along North Road towards the city railway station at 7.40pm.

Superintendent Lawrence Hobbs said: “We have been talking to the organisers and have officers there to help facilitate a peaceful protest, whilst trying to minimise any inconvenience to the community.

“We did have to close North Road to allow those who wanted to march to move through the city and this did cause some disruption to motorists and buses.

“The march has been mainly peaceful and there have been no arrests. We would like to thank everyone for their patience.”

The Brighton protest was one of dozens organised around the country, all of which saw hundreds or thousands of people gathering to protest the Muslim ban.

In London, Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas was one of several speakers addressing many thousands of people who had filled Whitehall, including Baroness Shami Chakrabati and singer Lily Allen.

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  1. Rolivan Reply

    Why do we never hear Cllr Daniel rallting and protesting about the Homeless and Children living in Poverty in the City,she However seems to have plenty of time to go to Calais and spend time and money there which proved to bé à waste of time and time to march against Trump She is Chair of The Neighbourhood and Communitiés Committee after all.

    • Hjarrs Reply

      Bit of a straw man argument here, given that cllr Daniels is well known for supporting homeless groups in the city. I expect better of you.

      It doesn’t make you a hypocrite if you support injustice outside B&H. Whether the Labour Party is effective is an entirely different matter.

  2. Connor Reply

    Most pointless protest i’ve ever seen living in brighton what has the world come to

    • Megan Reply

      Be wary of anyone passive telling anyone active they are ‘wasting their time’ – you are holding people back and you are part of the problem. People leaving their homes and proving they have a voice can only be a good thing. You looking clever by sitting cynical at home on your keyboards is nothing but a narcissistic and selfish attempt to look important. I am so happy that people were in the streets last night and I hope they come out again, for causes that I do or don’t see the point in. Apathy is the most disgusting thing, but pulling the active down is worse.

    • Al Reply

      Meaningless self-important twaddle, Connor. You’ll be disappointed with that pathetic post.

  3. brad Reply

    gives gesture-politics a bad meme

    • Al Reply

      If only that post had any meaning. It does, however, give Brighton a bad name. Well done.

  4. Lloyd Reply

    It’s a temporary travel ban not a Muslim ban, it’s only been implemented to deal with immigration quicker.

    • Hjarrs Reply

      Come off it, it is a purposeful Muslim ban following an election campaign straight out of the Goebels playbook. The only Muslim countries (and some with a reputation for sponsoring terrorism) to escape the ban have been those where Trump has business interests.

    • Al Reply

      Keep telling that yourself, sunshine. You might get a third brain cell to use. Idiot.

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