Trump expresses outrage as mass global public opposition and the US legal establishment conspire to undermine his flagship anti-refugee policy
PROTESTERS have urged those who have taken part in the mass movement against US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban not take pressure off as the policy is suspended.
An executive order signed by Trump on January 27 halted entry to the US from citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, triggering an international wave of protest.
Huge marches took place around the world, including in US cities and at their airports, in Muslim countries and across Europe, including in Scotland when there were demonstrations of thousands in Scotland’s cities.
Unprecedented opposition, and polls which show Trump as the most unpopular US President ever this early in an administration are fostering increasing splits in the US state and Republican party.
Speaking to CommonSpace, Assad Khan of the Islamic Society of Edinburgh University, who has spoken at recent demonstrations and is helping to organise the forthcoming protest in Edinburgh on Saturday 11 February, said that the mass movement had played a part in disrupting trump’s plans.
“Trump’s assault has been stalled by popular protest and not just US legal system. The Muslim ban could still happen, so we need to be on the streets. If we force him back on this, it will be a launch pad for ensuring the global protest movement can resist his attacks”, he said.
“Saturday’s demonstration will show a determined opposition to Trump.”
The Muslim ban was stalled on Friday (3 February) after federal judge James Robart placed a restraining order on the order. Trump’s attempts to overturn the decision have so far failed, but he has vowed to continue.
Former senior US figures including former Secretary of State John Kerry and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have submitted a report to the appeals court looking into the ban, arguing that it has undermined US state security.
Major US corporations, including Apple, Google and Uber, objected to the ban on Sunday (5 February).
Responding to the suspension of the ban on twitter, Trump said: “Make America great again!”
High-profile foreign allies of the Trump administration, including UK Prime Minister Theresa May, have also taken heat during the protest movement, with a petition opposing a state visit by Trump to the UK gaining over two million signatures.
Organisers of the protest on Saturday, which will head from the Meadows in Edinburgh at 12pm to the US consulate.
“This campaign of dehumanisation has to stop; of women, of Muslims, of the LGBT community, of disabled people, of all minority groups. It has to stop.”
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