Protests planned against Donald Trump’s Scottish visit in June


Republican presidential nominee is widely controversial for his remarks on muslims and women

A VISIT by Donald Trump to one of his Scottish golf resorts will be met by protesters angered by the Republican presidential candidates stated views on muslims, women and migrants.

The controversial business tycoon is expected to attend the reopening of his Trump Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire on 24 June, just one day after the UK referendum on EU membership.

Campaigners have called for protest actions under the banner of ‘Scotland against Trump’, and have pledged to hold open planning meetings to organise protest events.

The facebook page for the protest reads: “On June 24th, Donald Trump is coming to Scotland. 

“There will be protest actions and demonstrations to coincide with his visit. 

“There will be open planning meetings to organise.”

The organisers go on to say they want the campaign to “…bring together the broadest possible mobilisation against Trump” in order to protest over a “range of issues his possible presidency would bring to the fore.”

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Jonathon Shafi, a member of the Rise socialist coalition and one of the organisers of the planning meeting told CommonSpace that Scotland would not allow Trump to come and go without facing opposition.

He said: “There is going to be a big protest to greet trump when he arrives. People from all walks of life will make sure his Scottish trip does not go without loud opposition to his toxic rhetoric and ultra-rightwing programme.”

Trump has faced protests in Scotland before, including during his numerous trips to aid the development of his golf course in Balmedie in Aberdeenshire from 2006.

In January, Rise activists occupied some of Trump’s properties in Scotland in protest over statements he has made insulting disabled people, muslim and Mexican immigrants to the united states and against degrading comments he has made about women in public life.

Trump has promised he will institute an unprecedented clampdown on immigration, re-introduce torture methods and target civilians for military attack if he is elected president.

The Scotland against Trump facebook event page can be found here.

Picture courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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