Trump protest set to hit Barnstaple

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Barnstaple will join nationwide shows of defiance to Donald Trump this evening (Friday) in its very own protest against the US President’s visit.

Organised by Stand Up to Racism North Devon, the rally will be held from 5-7pm in The Square.

Nearly 250 people have said they are going or interested in the Facebook event, protesting against the President having been invited by the Government on a three-day working visit to the country.

It forms part of dozens of rallies across the country, including protests planned tonight in Exeter, Plymouth and Totnes and thousands took to the capital’s streets today.

The President arrived in the country yesterday and following a black-tie dinner at Blenheim Palace last night, he today met Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers and the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The working visit falls short of the state visit that was initially proposed, but it has not stopped protesters expressing their anger – with a 20ft tall ‘Trump Baby’ flying above Parliament Square today.

Dave Clinch, a member of the Stand Up to Trump group, said: “Some say the office of the president should be respected, but that does not mean you have to respect the person who is President.

“It’s appalling that he should have been invited. Today’s protests have been big so far, and anti-racists in Barnstaple will add their voice too.”

Michele Jayne, who is attending tonight, said: “North Devon is an open and tolerant community, and I march to support all the people who are marginalised by Trump.”