Montag, 12. Juni 2017

Brussels: "Trump not welcome!"




Donald Trump's arrival in Brussels was met by a spirited protest of about 10,000 people from cities in Belgium, neighbouring France and Germany, and other countries. A broad spectrum of political organizations, NGOs, student groups and individuals marched through the city centre behind a large banner reading "Trump Not Welcome". Other slogans protested Nato and the summit he had come to attend, the other major target of the two days of actions. Many signs shamed the U.S. president for his anti-immigrant and Islamophobic rants and policies, particularly his attempt to use Islamic fundamentalist attacks to claim that immigrants have turned Brussels into a "hell hole". Signs and chants played with the theme, "You call us hell hole, you're an asshole." Young women were particularly prominent in the crowd. Some marchers wore the pink "pussy hats" made famous by the women's march against Trump in Washington and denounced misogyny in angry and creative slogans. The threat to the planet was another major protest focus. The city's mayor told the media that he had refused "a request from abroad" to ban the demonstration. 
A contingent of supporters of Bob Avakian's new communism from several countries took part in the march and leafleted extensively. The above banner in French reads, "Let's sweep away this criminal and murderous system – Revolution, nothing less!" Members and supporters of the 8 March Women's Organisation (Iran-Afghanistan), some in the new communism contingent and a variety of others carried banners and signs with the slogan "In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America – Drive out the fascist Trump-Pence regime!" 
The following day, about a hundred people were detained after they briefly blocked access to the new Nato headquarters. Three dozen more were arrested for climbing adjacent walls to put up anti-Nato banners. Greenpeace activists scaled a tall construction crane and hung a giant banner reading "Resist" in front of the hotel where Trump spent the night. All were held until Trump left town. Several thousand protesters also marched against the G7 meeting in Taormina, on the Italian island of Sicily, where Trump's trip ended, despite police intimidation tactics meant to prevent people from reaching the mountaintop city.

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