A group of Islanders are to hold a gathering in St Thomas’ Square in Newport tomorrow evening (Tuesday) to stand up for the rights of refugees and law abiding citizens across the world.

Condemnation is growing across the globe as a reaction to President Trump’s travel ban on mainly Muslim citizens and refugees. Close to 1 million citizens have signed the petition to cancel President Trump’s state visit to the UK later this year, but the government say it would damage relations with the US.

Tonight, a large demonstration will be held outside Downing Street to give a clear signal to government and the wider community that President Trump must be held to account for his ‘intolerant’ actions.

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A group of islanders are similarly holding a gathering in St Thomas Square on Tuesday 31st January from 18:00. The message is that people fleeing from war, persecution and torture are welcome to seek refuge and no one should be banned from travel due to their religious beliefs.

Vix Lowthion, Isle of Wight Green Party parliamentary candidate, said in support of the event:

“Whilst standing up for refugees in a town square on a dark winter’s night may not set the world alight, we join many thousands of other concerned people across the country in taking the first of many steps to condemn the actions of President Trump, and those who support him. History will judge us at this moment, just as history judges citizens who turned a blind eye in the 1930s.

“I urge islanders to take 60 minutes out of their day, and join us in Newport on Tuesday evening.”

More information about the event can be found at

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