NHS nurses and doctors will lead the march against Donald Trump’s visit to Britain on Tuesday 3 December, the Stop Trump Coalition has announced.
The health workers’ bloc will tell Trump “hands off our NHS”, as concerns intensify about a trade deal letting US firms muscle in on the health service.
The demonstration will assemble at Trafalgar Sq from 4pm onwards, then march down the Mall to arrive at Canada Gate, opposite Buckingham Palace, at 5.45pm. This is shortly before Trump is due to arrive at the palace for a banquet with the Queen.
Trade campaign group Global Justice Now has led the way in exposing the planned US-UK trade deal and the threat it poses to the NHS. Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now said:
“This week we discovered just how great a threat Donald Trump is to our NHS. That’s why Tuesday’s demonstration will be led by nurses and doctors – to symbolise the millions of people who will stand up for our health service against a US President who simply represents the biggest, greediest corporate interests in the world.
“We will make clear that Britain is not for sale. Boris Johnson might be happy to be bullied by Trump, but on Tuesday we will make clear to the world that we are not.”
Nick Dearden will speak at the demonstration alongside Izzy Warren (UK Student Climate Network), Tariq Ali, Brian Eno, Medea Benjamin, Kate Hudson (CND) and many more. R3 Soundsystem will be hosting DJs after the protest from 7pm at Buckingham Gate including Norman Jay, Jamie xx, Seth Troxler and Haai.
The protest is backed by a wide range of campaigning groups including Stop Trump Coalition, CND, Stop the War Coalition, Keep Our NHS Public, UK Student Climate Network, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, People’s Assembly, Muslim Association of Britain, Kurdish Solidarity Campaign, Quakers in Britain and more.
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