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Hundreds brave wind and rain for anti-Trump protest in Dublin

A number of political parties took part in the protest. / YouTube

UP TO 1,000 people attended a demonstration at the US Embassy in Dublin this evening to protest against President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

The restrictions ban US entry for citizens from seven Middle-Eastern countries and also stops the admission of new refugees.

The protest was organised by United Against Racism Ireland and was advertised as an “Emergency Rally”.

Representatives from  the Labour Party, People Before Profit, the Green Party Ireland and Amnesty International were all present.

Protesters carried signs and chanted slogans throughout the duration of the protest.

Similar protests were also held in Shannon and other places across the country.

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Speakers included anti-racism campaigners, Americans resident in Ireland, migrant rights advocates and others.

“The Green Party is going to be part of this movement against Donald Trump because he stands for everything we oppose,” Eamon Ryan TD told the crowd.

“Not in our name will thousands of people in prisons across the world fear that some sadist is going to come and torture them thinking they’ve got the okay from the President of the USA,” he added.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD also repeated his party’s belief that Taoiseach Enda Kenny should not attend the White House on St. Patrick’s Day.

Boy Barrett said that Ireland had a chance to “send a message to Trump” by not attending the annual event.

“Eventually the government have conceded that there’s going to be a debate on Thursday and we’ve urged people from tonight’s protest to come outside the Dáil on Thursday and to put pressure on the Taoiseach not to go to Washington,” he said.

With reporting by Cormac Fitzgerald

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