Anti-Trump-Demo: Creative Protest, «Pussy Hat»

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In Brussels, around 9000 people against the US have demonstrated-the President. It is not fair to Trump, many activists agreed. You want to erect a monument for freedom. Maria Christoph, Brussels.

They have become a Symbol of resistance against US President Donald Trump: pink wool caps. At the latest since the end of January, as the «Women’s occurred March» of millions of women from Atlanta to Thailand for their rights on the streets, the so-called «Pussy Hat» a political Statement against the course of the U.S. government. Also on Wednesday evening, several Thousand protesters wear the caps, and welcome Donald Trump with loud hymns, snappy slogans and eye-catching costumes in Brussels. The Embassy and the Motto of the joint protest March is clear: «Trump is not welcome!» — «Trump is not welcome!»

Whether or not a protest March, such as this Donald reached Trump at all? The 21-year-old Bakou Mertens, student of Politics in Ghent, has a clear answer: «It is not about to impress Trump, or the NATO-tips. It comes to Public attention. It is about to transmit a common message: We do not agree with Your politics.»

Mertens had started the Protest with a small student Association, international people have joined rights organizations, of the action. Today, 71 NGOs, including Greenpeace and Oxfam, behind the idea of the students: «It motivates me to see that even a simple Student is able to mobilize so many people,» says the Belgian.

Colorful Protest against Donald Trump on the streets of the Belgian capital.

And this is exactly also the positive side effect of the presidency, Donald trump: The discontent let the people on the streets. People, which has meant a policy on anything before, venting their anger and to speak to issues publicly.

«Since Trump is the President, you know, for what Amnesty International uses», said Iverna McGowan, head of the European team of Amnesty, in an interview with DW. «You understand that the human rights, the rule of law, justice, and all the things we had previously taken for granted are threatened.»

The protesters have also mixed the activists of Amnesty, disguised as the statue of liberty: «Liberty Ladies», wrapped gowns in turquoise, with a crown on his head and a Golden torch in Hand, ran during trump’s visit as a presidential candidate in the United Kingdom through the London streets. «This is not an Anti-US March,» said Iverna McGowan. The statue of liberty, once a gift of the French people, should remember Donald Trump, on which value basis, the United States of America were founded.

Julien Ribaudo is one of the organizers of the left-wing youth movement «Red Fox».

On Thursday Donald Trump meets the tips of Nato and the European Union. «We want to remind the Handlebars of Europe to your promise, for the respect of human rights,» said McGowan. Methods of torture, such as Donald Trump it to the people during his election campaign, has promised, in breach of the human rights. It was therefore the task of the EU, such claims.

On Wednesday evening there are especially a lot of young people joining the demonstrators. Including the members of the Belgian youth movement «Red Fox». With Trump-impersonator on a wall of papier-mache they are protesting against the proposed wall between the United States and Mexico: «We want to build bridges, not walls», says one of the organizers Julien Ribaudo, 30.

The 30-year-old Eline Scheire has her four-month-old daughter, Merel. Under a large pink woolly hat lying headphones against the noise: «of Course I’ll take the Little one with. You should all hear from the beginning, why we go on the road».

Family protest in Brussels: «The Small is to understand what we go on the road.»

On the Agenda of the U.S. President, a Meeting of the new NATO headquarters on Thursday. After the attack in Manchester, England there will be two major topics: the common use in the Anti-terror fight, and higher defense spending.

Also opposed to NATO operations, and increased military spending, the people in Brussels protest. The 22-year-old student Iman Ben Madhkam could mobilize some 40 fellow students, to write signs, to rhyme hymns and to go against increased spending for the NATO on the road. To invest «instead of weapons, should invest the heads of state in education,» asks the student.

The «Pussy»Activists want to present on Thursday each of the 28 heads of state and government of NATO countries at the summit a wool cap, provided with personal messages. «We hope, at least, Angela Merkel is one of our hats on,» says Tanja Gohlert of the human rights organization «Lights4Rights» in an Interview with DW.

«Donald Trump is not going to be impressed with this March maybe,» says Bakou Mertens, the Initiator of the «Trump not Welcome»March. «Our goal is to let him feel that people in every city that he visited as U.S. President, to demonstrate against his policies.“ Trump is just a symbolic figure, Bakou. He symbolises a policy of social destruction, of doubt on climate change and stand for a discourse that diffuses hate and the people separate.