Hundreds attend Trump protest against immigration ban in Belfast

Hundreds attended the protest, which was organised by the Belfast branch of the Stop the War Coalition. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye

HUNDREDS of people gathered at Belfast City Hall on Saturday to protest against US president Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies.

The event was organised by the Belfast branch of the Stop the War Coalition less than a week after Mr Trump barred all those travelling from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country.

The ban has since been suspended by a senior US judge and calls for its reinstatement by the Trump administration have also been rejected by the appeals court.

Speaking at the event was Dr Raied Al-Wazzan of Belfast Islamic Centre, who has lived in the north for 27 years and is a senior figure within the Islamic community.

"I know that some people say the Trump is the elected president, but Hitler was an elected president and we had to stand against Hitler so we have to stand against Trump as well," he said.

Just days ago it emerged that DUP leader Arlene Foster, along with the then-deputy first minister Martin McGuiness, had sent a letter to Mr Trump following his victory which included an invitation to visit the north.

Many protesters held up signs displaying their dissatisfaction at the invitation.

At the event, lawyer and anti-racism campaigner Barbara Muldoon said she welcomed the suspension of president Trump’s travel ban and also condemned the UK’s treatment of refugees.

"It is wrong. It is the duty of every single decent human being to defend those who are under attack and our Muslim brothers and sisters are under attack," she said.

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