Speech to Wandsworth council by Aydin Dikerdem, February 1 2017
Councillors, the recent actions of President Trump to ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries is an obscene racist act, that has taken place on the global stage. It has no real purpose other than to divide people up through fear, and to exploit and normalise Islamophobia.
To those who defend this with statements about security – frankly, who are you kidding? The so called ‘purpose’ of the Bill, to protect the United States from foreign extremists, is a farce. As many have now picked up on, the verbatim text of the act argues that ‘in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001’.
I believe we now call these lies ‘alternative facts’ – none of the 9/11 attackers were from any of the countries on the list – and furthermore, since 9/11, no one has…
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