On 4th of February 2017, the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) along with Stand up to Racism, Stop the War, Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) and Friends of Al-Aqsa organised a mass march in central London, protesting against the US President’s Travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries; Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Despite the dull weekend weather, over 50,000 people attended, making it a successful protest.
The general message was to strongly condemn this controversial travel ban because it is racist and encourages Islamophobia. The travel ban has not just created chaos at several airports across the US, but it has also inhumanely stopped individuals and families from seeking refuge or simply arriving back to what they consider home.
MAB also spoke strongly against Theresa May’s not condemning the travel ban and not distancing herself from President Trump. Instead, she looks forward to future cooperation; and has awarded a state visit.
Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, President of MAB addressed the audience at the protest and said: “There are not many good things that can be said about Trump. But one thing he has done which is good, is that he has expose people for what they are. To show who are the bigots, who are the racists, who are the fascists. To show the people for who they are, their true colours!