Protestors shouting pro-refugee slogans called for unity in an anti-Trump rally outside the Guildhall in the town centre of Cambridge at 5.30pm on Monday 20th February.
Various speakers gave their stories about why they were protesting, and most notably there was a march around the town. A crowd of over 200 people marched through the cobbled streets, shouting in unison: “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”, as they held up various picket signs.
The crowd gave a huge applause to speaker Ibrahim Rahman, a presenter, blogger and Cambridge resident. “People living in Cambridge are feeling isolated, and there is a sense of disillusionment. We must protest against Trump as he goes against our values.”
One of the organisers, Zareen Taj, said: “We must create unity in our community, and stand up to President Trump.” She said the aims of the march were to oppose Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to invite Trump on a state visit and to show that Cambridge says no to racism, sexism and homophobia.
The march was part of a nationwide campaign: One Day Without Us, in conjunction with the day when parliament would debate Trump’s visit. A total of 1.8 million people signed a petition calling for this debate. Cities including London, Cardiff and Nottingham also held similar protests.
By Elle Haywood
Editor of the Ruskin Journal 2017-2018
2nd February 2017