A thousand people demonstrate against Trump and Francken in front of the American embassy
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Around a thousand people demonstrated in front of the American embassy in Brussels on Sunday afternoon. They were expressing their disagreement with policies put in place by the American President Donald Trump and the State Secretary for Immigration and Asylum Theo Francken.
“I cried when Trump was elected”, explained Aissa Missaoui, one of the demonstration organisers. “I cried for everyone who will suffer because of his tyrannical policies: Muslims, immigrants, people of African origin, homosexuals. When Trump signed his ‘Muslim ban’ it made me even sadder. I hoped for some sort of reaction from our politicians: in vain. We have only had silence or pious wishes while people were prevented from boarding flights to the US because of their name, origins or appearance”, she added.
“Our politicians are no better”, said Aissa Missaoui. She spoke about “the law that was adopted this week, which means people born here can be banned based only on suspicions. This law creates first and second class citizens because of a name, skin colour or appearance”.