27th January. Holocaust Memorial Day. A day dedicated to the remembrance of victims of The Holocaust under Nazi Persecution, a date chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Its hard to believe that it wasn’t intentional then, for it to be the day that the Tr*mp administration chose it to roll out the Executive Order banning;
- all refugees for the next 90 days
- Syrian refugees indefinitely
- all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Regardless of visa status.
Thankfully, small victories have been had in the last couple of days. With the federal court issuing an emergency stay halting deportations, and it was also announced that green-card holders will no-longer be subject to the ban.
On top of this, over this side of the pond our own PM has been toadying up to Tr*mp and taking way too fecking long to condemn the ban. Moreover during the visit to the US, May extended an invitation to Tr*mp for a State Visit later in the year. This, unsurprisingly, has not gone down well over here, and many are no calling for the invitation to be rescinded until the Ban has been stopped. The petition calling for this has already gained over 1.8 million signatures, however parliament reject the calls stating it would be a ‘populist gesture’. FFS. Yes exactly, thats exactly what it would be. Y’know in Brexit speak thats ‘the will of the people’. Pomp and circumstance is exactly what Tr*mp wants to legitimise his actions, to be celebrated and quite frankly fuck that. By denying him that we can send a message that the international community will not stand for that. Fuck the shitty ‘special relationship’ and grow a fucking backbone.
After the announcement of the Ban and our own governments quite frankly shitty late/lack of response several emergency protests were organised. In these post-Brexit days it’s not always easy to find pride and camaraderie in this nation. But the turn-outs to these protests, the number of people speaking out and speaking proud has been very warming.
Personally after having lived in a very conservative county for the last ten-odd years, it has been such a breath of fresh air to be living in a city like Edinburgh. I attended my first political protest/march on Monday evening and I’m so glad I did. Seeing so many people turn out – people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds – it filled me with hope and determination.
Over 5,000 people came along to Edinburghs #ScotlandAgainstTrump march. Some reports are even putting the estimate at 7,000. Seeing such huge crowds of people walking down Princes Street and the Royal Mile, down to the Scottish Parliament was awe-inspiring. Thousands of people walking in unity, holding banners and chanting. If you can find a silver-lining to anything Tr*mp has done, it is that people are coming together, from all over to stand and speak as one.
And that has been beautiful to witness.
p.s yeah theres very little comment of actual politics in this because everytime i try im just like ASDFGHHRGFGHATGTHT SYTAKJH I LITERALLY CANT FUCK THIS WHOLE FUCKING MESS HOLY SHIT ITS ONLY BEEN LIKE 11 DAYS FUCKKKKK