Plans for protests have been in place for the reason that first uttering of the likelihood that Donald Trump would possibly go to the UK. His anti-Islamic, anti-immigrant and local weather change-denying sentiments have made folks internationally upset, indignant and scared for his or her wellbeing.
It was the 2017 girls’s march that kicked off many of the protests in opposition to the 45th POTUS, the day after his inauguration. His feedback about grabbing girls “by the pussy,” alongside withe a number of allegations of sexual assault, made him an unwelcome misogynist within the age of fourth wave feminism.
This week, as folks took to the streets in London to unite in solidarity in opposition to all that the US President represents, we spoke to girls from those that had skipped college for the day to Individuals on vacation and even BAFTA-winning actor Julie Christie, and requested them what was on the forefront of their minds as they waved their placards.
“I feel we’re on the verge of one thing horrible”
Julie Christie: “I’m marching as a result of I feel Donald Trump is probably the most harmful factor that’s occurred to us in my lifetime. One of many causes I’m right here is due to the hazard to abortion rights. It’s unimaginable to suppose what America might need to undergo. I feel we’re on the verge of one thing horrible.
“I’m feeling very frightened about the place my nation is headed”
Johanna Grootblumik: “I am American however I’ve lived right here for years. After I first got here to the UK Obama was president and there was a lot hope. Now I’m feeling very frightened about the place my nation is headed. Me marching as we speak, that is me sticking it to them. Together with Trump has come a lot racism and bigotry. However he’s a lot in denial about how a lot help he has that I really feel its essential to indicate him that he’s unappreciated.”
“I am right here as we speak as a result of the state of affairs is actually grave”
Anita O’Brien: “There’s a flag right here as we speak that claims ‘resistance is obligation’ and I feel that’s true. I am right here as we speak as a result of the situaution is actually grave. There is a well-known saying that claims one thing like, if one group is focused and also you don’t communicate up, then one other group will likely be focused and one other and one other. Regardless of the situation, what occurs in a single nook of the world impacts us all. So I feel that’s why everyone has to take a stand in opposition to Trump’s insurance policies as we speak.”
Aubrey Creswell: “We’re from New York Metropolis. I stay right here and my mother and father are visiting and so they particularly wished to go to the protest as we speak. Trump is the other of all the things that we stand for. It’s extremely embarrassing to stay in a rustic and have somebody like that signify us. The temper at this protest is wonderful. I’ve had goosebumps the entire time. It’s an unimaginable vibe.
“I’ve taken the break day of college to be right here”
“I’ve taken the break day of college to be right here. We went to the drag march beforehand and it has been such a terrific day. However we’re right here as a result of we should be heard. As a result of Trump must know he isn’t welcome. I need him to get a way of what he’s made folks really feel, and that he would not come again.
We’re additionally sporting anti facial recognition make-up as a result of the police have been utilizing it. We can’t stand for this sort of society.”
“There’s no place for Trump’s different insurance policies in our society”
Katie Docran: “I work for the podcast, The Responsible Feminist. It began as a podcast and has now turn into a bunch of like-minded feminists. We’re right here as we speak to battle for ladies’s rights however we additionally really feel there’s no place for Trump’s different insurance policies in our society. We’re standing in opposition to sexism, racism and homophobia. He doesn’t precisely have a superb document! So many individuals have come to face up in opposition to this sort of bullsh*t. I’ve been to a couple marches in opposition to Trump however the ambiance right here as we speak is especially energetic.
“I need everybody to really feel extra welcoming to immigrants”
Paloma Okenfold: “He’s sexist, he’s racist, he’s pro-war, he’s pro-borders, he’s anti-gay, I imply he places kids in cages, are there any extra causes we should be right here? He’s professional nuclear warfare, he’s a disgusting, horrible human being that makes me ashamed of the human race. I need everybody to really feel extra welcoming to immigrants, to have extra consciousness of local weather change. We’re off our tits of happiness as we speak.
“I can’t in all aware proceed in silence”
Kirsten Mcai: “I managed to have the afternoon off so I’ve come to the march, which is nice. I am marching as a result of, as a normal ideology, one particular person could be ignored however this isn’t actually about only one particular person, it’s an entire set of ideologies, not simply in America however right here as properly. It’s about people who suppose refugees and immigrants are lower than human, that imagine it’s okay to mock disabled folks or to marginalise trans folks or LGBT folks and it’s simply not acceptable.
I all the time suppose, If somebody requested me sooner or later “did you do something about it?” I could not doable say “properly no, I simply sat on my couch and disapproved silently.” I can’t in all aware proceed in silence.
After I received out of the tube as we speak I discovered it vastly shifting. There are such a lot of various kinds of folks; folks with inexperienced hair, gray hair, strolling frames, disabled folks, kids. Each type of particular person is right here.We’re standing up in opposition to evil.
“We have been regressing slightly than shifting forward and we will not have it”
Susie White and Jess Bentley: “We got here right here collectively. We hate misogyny, we hate folks which are racist, sexist, anti-gay and Trump is all of these issues. At the moment’s about exhibiting that we gained’t settle for that. He’s overturning a number of legal guidelines that shield homosexual folks. We have been regressing slightly than shifting forward and we will not have it.”
“We’ve received to make him really feel uncomfortable”
Kemi Alemoru and Brit Dawson: ” We expect it is past a joke that we faux America isn’t a fascist regime anymore. Trump doesn’t care about human rights and he’s been racist from the beginning. If he’s going to be in workplace we’ve received to make him really feel uncomfortable.
It’s disgusting the issues he’s mentioned and it’s simply leading to extra dreadful issues being mentioned internationally.”