By Memet Uludag.
Protest: Thursday June 6, 6pm at the Garden of Rembrance, Dublin. See the Facebook event here.
Donald Trump is a threat to us all.
His presidential campaign was based on racism against Mexicans – “build that wall!” He has tried to ban visitors and migrants from Muslim countries from entering the US. He is separating children from their parents at the border.
President Trump gives carte blanche support to apartheid Israel to murder Palestinians and steal their land at will. He has worked with, encouraged and emboldened far right racists and fascists across the world.
As the world’s leading climate change denier who has pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement, removed environment protection in America he is destroying the planet and endangering the whole future of humanity.
In the age of #MeToo, when women globally are standing up for their rights, he has boasted of his ability to sexually assault women with impunity.
He is undermining Irish neutrality via Shannon. He is an imperialist warmonger.
Trump has posed as the friend of ‘the working man’ but in reality he is a billionaire property developer who represents the interests of the super-rich. He filled his cabinet with CEOs and generals.
Our protest against Trump is in solidarity with the millions of American people who are also victimised by Trump’s policies. We extend our solidarity to all people in the US involved in the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter campaigns, and those who stand up to Trump’s barbaric border policies.
United Against Racism calls on the Irish government, which claims to be progressive, to make this clear to Donald Trump and to ensure that no public money – so urgently needed for the housing and health crisis – is spent on this visit.
We call on European governments to open the borders to refugees fleeing wars and persecution.
We also call on the Irish government to #EndDirectProvision and normalise all undocumented migrants in Ireland.
We are for a progressive Ireland of equality, justice and hope, not of racism, hate and fear!
Memet Uludag is the convener of United Against Racism, and one of the organisers of the ‘Stand up to Trump!’ protest in Dublin, which is supported by a broad range of progressive campaign organisations, unions and parties. Protests are also taking place in Shannon, Cork, Belfast and Derry. Follow Memet on Twitter @Memzers, and follow United Against Racism on Twitter @UnitedARacism.