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Donald Trump and Brexit protest takes to the streets of Canterbury

By Gazette reporter

A protest against Donald Trump, Brexit and celebrating migrant workers took to the streets of Canterbury tonight.

Hundreds are streaming through the city for the march, which was said to be about 'standing together in solidarity against racism'.

It was part of a national protest called One Day Without Us: National Day of Action, celebrating migrant workers ahead of a huge anti-Donald Trump rally.

The protesters in Watling Street.

The protesters in Watling Street.

The protest coincided with a huge movement in Parliament Square in London where thousands have gathered for the same cause.

The crowds in Canterbury set off from the Dane John gardens at around 5pm before descending on the city centre.

Among those present were defeated Labour party candidate Hugh Lanning, philosophy professor Rick Norman, Kent Anti-Racism Network, as well as dozens of students from both Kent University and Christ Church.

Hundreds have taken to the streets of Canterbury 'in solidarity against racism'. Picture credit Raquel Cuevas.

Hundreds have taken to the streets of Canterbury 'in solidarity against racism'. Picture credit: Raquel Cuevas.

Protest organiser Hannah Uglow said: "We will not succumb to the politics of hate and division and we will not be party to this hatred and division.
 
"We do not welcome the alienation that Brexit has brought to our communities. We have to raise our voices."

The crowds stream through Watling Street.

The crowds stream through Watling Street.

 

Marieka Schenck, 18, who is originally from the US, said: "This is the first protest that I've been on.
 
"But it's not because I'm against the fact that Trump was elected, but it's that the sexism and the racism is being normalised and we have to oppose that."

Daniel and George Allen.

Daniel and George Allen.

In a poster advertising the event, the organisers say: "Three issues. One voice.

"Walk with us in solidarity from Dane John Gardens.

"Come celebrate the contributions made by migrant workers to the UK and stand together in solidarity against racism."

The protesters march past Canterbury Cathedral.

The protesters march past Canterbury Cathedral.

Police were present in the Dane John Gardens and throughout the protest.

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