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‘We won’t stand for this’

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:44pm

Organisers of a protest against US President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland have asked Cork people to push back against “racism and misogyny”.

The Cork Says No to Trump protest will take place on 10 November in Daunt Square, when President Trump is due to pay a visit to Ireland as part of a wider trip to Europe.

Organised by People Before Profit, the protest hopes to see Leesiders mirror the national Dublin protest against the visit.

Tjitske de Vries, a candidate in the next local election for People Before Profit, said it will shine a light on public dissatisfaction with the presidential visit. “We want to give Cork people a chance to protest. We are a party of inclusivity - that means against the likes of racism and misogyny. President Trump represents all of that, and his visit does not send a good signal to minority groups, women and refugees in Ireland.

“We are totally opposed to any form of racism, misogyny and discrimination, and want to show people that we will not stand for this.”

Ms de Vries added that while the party respected the US “as an ally” it did not mean every world leader should be welcomed unconditionally.

“There have been plenty of democratically elected leaders, it doesn’t make all of them right and that we should welcome him. Because of how Trump has communicated with other countries the US has had a traditionally long relationship with, many of those connections are already under threat.”

Adding that opposing President Trump’s visit would not affect US business interests in Ireland and employment, she said: “This will not affect business connections either, as they are driven by profitability anyway. They will be there regardless.”

Although details of President Trump’s trip are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that he will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and pay a visit to his Doonbeg golf resort in Clare.

With security costs likely to be high, as was the case with the recent visit of Pope Francis, Ms de Vries said: “I am not happy as a taxpayer to have millions spent on security that could be used for better purposes, such as on housing or education.”

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