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UK protesters condemn Trump’s rights abuses during first 100 days

A total of 100 UK protesters have demonstrated outside the US embassy in London against human rights abuses during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.

During Thursday’s rally, which was organized by Amnesty International, protesters dressed as the Statue of Liberty in New York to draw attention to ‘human rights concerns’ carried out in Trump’s first three months in office.

The group stood in silence for half an hour while carrying placards with the words ‘No ban’, ‘No wall’ and ‘Refugees welcome’.

“In the space of just 100 days, President Trump has done untold damage to the USA’s already less-than-perfect reputation for upholding human rights,” said Kate Allen, Amnesty’s UK director.

Amnesty has been critical of several measures taken by the Trump administration, which marks 100 days in office on Saturday, including a travel ban targeting certain Muslim-majority countries and plans for a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The first 100 days in office is “a major mark of what a president intends to do”, Amnesty’s Kerry Moscogiuri told AFP. “We think that the Statue of Liberty, were she real like me, would be crying today.”

The 100-day marker is in part an artificial measuring post for any new president, but Trump is the least popular president at this stage of a presidency since General Dwight Eisenhower, who served as the 34th president of the US from 1953 to 1961.

Another group of campaigners gathered outside the US Consulate General in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Amnesty said other protests will take place on Saturday in Scotland.

As part of the protest, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty’s Northern Ireland programme director, hand delivered a dossier addressed to US Consul General Daniel Lawton. The document pointed out 100 ways ‘in which President Trump has threatened human rights in his first 100 days in office’.

Since his inauguration, Trump has faced nearly non-stop protests and rallies condemning his divisive rhetoric and controversial immigration policy.

Trump’s first month in office was dominated by a battle over his temporary travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries and harsh personal criticism of federal judges who blocked his immigration order.

Building a wall on the US-Mexico border to stop the influx of Hispanic migrants coming from Central America was a hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign.

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