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Protesters gather in Oxford to oppose Trump's 'divisive' travel ban

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Protesters have lined Oxford's streets to show their opposition to President Trump's travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority and refugees entering the US.

'Oxford Stands with Muslims' campaigners believe the ban promotes a false image that Muslims and refugees are a threat, and that this will incite racist attacks.

Protests have been taking place around the country - including in Brighton, Hastings and Portsmouth.

Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday which he said was aimed at keeping "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the US. The order banned refugees from Syria arriving in the US indefinitely and put a 90-day ban on entry to the US to all citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

More than 1.3 million people have signed a petition against President Trump making an official UK state visit later this year.

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It is clear Donald Trump is using racism as a political weapon to create divisions and scapegoats. This ban has immediate life wrecking consequences for people who have every legal right to be in the US but are now barred from returning to their jobs, homes and families. It also condemns refugees in genuine need of protection from persecution, and is an appalling attack on Human Rights.

Trump's order also gives a green light to racists everywhere to go on the offensive. His election campaign was accompanied by a rise in racist attacks, and this will only incite more attacks. Trump's planned state visit to the UK would be an endorsement of his racism and would give heart to racists here - the Prime Minister should cancel the visits until Trump guarantees he will protect fundamental rights and freedoms. We need the biggest possible unity to stop the rise in racism and to demand his visit be cancelled."

– Ian Mckendrick, Oxford Stand Up To Racism