Hun­dreds join Trump city protest

Dundee plays host to mass demon­stra­tion against US Pres­i­dent’s poli­cies and at­ti­tudes, with one school­girl say­ing ‘love is much stronger than hate’

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More than 200 peo­ple gath­ered for a colour­ful To­gether Against Trump rally in Dundee City Square yesterday.

Armed with props and ban­ners, the crowd was ad­dressed by sev­eral speak­ers de­nounc­ing the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent and his poli­cies.

The peace­ful demo ended with an im­promptu march through the streets, where chants of “refugees are wel­come here” echoed off the walls.

Laura Gal­loway, 36, from Dundee, who brought her two chil­dren Os­car, 2, and Lucy, 4, to the demon­stra­tion said she at­tended the rally with her young­sters’ fu­ture in mind.

She said: “When my chil­dren ask me what we did to try and stop all these hor­ri­ble things from hap­pen­ing, I want to be able to say that we turned up and tried to make a dif­fer­ence. I un­der­stand that there are eco­nomic re­la­tion­ships to be main­tained.

“How­ever, there is surely a moral line that gets crossed where we shouldn’t be wel­com­ing him.

“Between the Mus­lim travel ban, sep­a­rat­ing chil­dren from their fam­i­lies and the Paris cli­mate agree­ment, he’s just an ap­palling, ab­hor­rent hu­man be­ing.”

Broughty Ferry school­girl Sahrah Bhatti, 10, said: “I asked my par­ents to bring me here so I can join the rest of the peo­ple.

“I’m very happy to­day that we are united in free­dom. He is invit­ing our anger and we as Scots should march for the prin­ci­ple of hu­man rights.

“Build­ing a wall to di­vide is only bricks – what about the peo­ple’s hearts? The love is much stronger than hate.”

How­ever, Dou­glas Hutchi­son, 82, who is orig­i­nally from Dundee but has lived in Amer­ica for 66 years ex­pressed his sur­prise at the protest.

The Florid­ian said: “I voted for Trump. He said what he was go­ing to do and he did it.

“He has stood up for the rights of Amer­i­can work­ers. I don’t know what all this protest­ing is about.

“At least he does what he said he’s go­ing to do, un­like Theresa May and other politi­cians who just waf­fle.”

SNP Dundee West MP Chris Law praised the crowds who gath­ered first in the City Square, be­fore march­ing down Re­form Street to Al­bert Square.

He said: “As you can see by the sheer strength in num­bers, peo­ple are here to protest about his visit for a whole range of is­sues, such as his na­tional poli­cies and his at­ti­tude to­wards Muslims, im­mi­grants and women.

“While he lives in an echo cham­ber of his own peo­ple, we want to make sure there are voices out­side of that and to send a mes­sage not just to Trump but also the peo­ple in the US.”

I want to be able to say that we turned up and tried to make a dif­fer­ence

Lucy Gal­loway, 4, was one of the pro­test­ers against Don­ald Trump in the City Square.

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