Marxists often talk about the ‘whip of counter revolution’ spurring people into action. Donald Trump’s divisive, racist agenda of executive orders in the just over a week he has been in office has spurred on a huge movement of opposition in the US and around the world.
Leeds Socialist Party members
Leeds has been no exception. Just over a week ago, thousands marched in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.
Today, even the police estimated that 3,000 people joined the demonstration in Leeds called after people saw thousands of Americans descend on airports across the USA in opposition to Trump’s ‘#MuslimBan’ executive order which bans people from 7 predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days and refugees from those countries for longer periods.
Predominantly young people joined the march, many with their own placards and attending a demonstration for the first time. After rallying in Dortmund Square, we marched through town filling Briggate as we passed through and ending in Victoria Gardens outside the Art Gallery & Library.
Many others passing by stopped to sign petitions, take leaflets and join the demonstration. Chants of “Hey, Ho, Trump has got to go”, “No Ban, No Wall, Trump Must Fall” and others in soldarity echoed through the demonstration.
Socialist Party member, Iain Dalton, was amongst the speakers and raised the need to put forward an alternative to Trump’s attempt to divide working people. He raised the need for taking the wealth off the 1%, including nationalising the banks and other sectors, and instead investing in jobs, homes and public services for all, rather than diet of austerity we have been offered. He called for a break from the two parties of big business in the US, and for a new party of the 99%.
Socialist Party members met many people interested in attending our events, with over 50 people buying copies of the Socialist and many people leaving their contact details with us. We ran out of our new ‘Dump Trump’ badges.
A further demonstration is planned this saturday which we will be mobilising for, and helping to build a movement in defence of the right of workers, women, LGBT community, migrants and others, that can help bring down Trump, and his allies in the UK.