Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Rallies against Trump Migrant Ban; PROTEST TO BE HELD IN CITY OVER PRESIDENT'S VISA ORDER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Toon Rallies against Trump Migrant Ban; PROTEST TO BE HELD IN CITY OVER PRESIDENT'S VISA ORDER

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com

SCORES of people are expected to gather at the Monument in Newcastle today to protest against Donald Trump's immigration ban.

The US President has signed an executive order which means no visas can be issued to immigrants from seven mainly Muslim nations - Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen - for 90 days.

Trump also banned all refugees from entering the US for the next four months, and singled out those from Syria as barred from entering the country indefinitely, or until he decides they are allowed in.

As a result, Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah has been left unsure as to whether he can return to the US.

Sir Mo, 33, was born in Somalia but has lived in Oregon for the past six years. Somali nationals are among those banned from travelling to the US under the executive order issued on Friday.

The triple Great North Run winner said: "It's deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children daddy might not be able to come home."

Trump's decision has sparked anger across the US, with waves of protests being staged on the streets and in airports.

Now, a demonstration has been organised by Newcastle Unites and is backed by groups including Newcastle Stop the War, North East People's Assembly, Newcastle Palestine Solidarity Campaign and North East Stand up to Racism.

Protestors plan to meet at Grey's Monument at 5.30pm.

Daniel Kebede, who helped to organise the event, said: "Trump's ban on Muslims and refugees deserves global condemnation.

"It is a racist attack that should be opposed by all of us. The idea that Mo Farah can't enter America is completely disgusting.

"History won't look favourably on Trump or those close to him. Shame on our unelected Prime Minister Theresa May, she should have used her position to condemn his tyrannical premiership, instead of holding hands with a foul racist. …

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