Donald Trump's Turnberry Scottish Golf Course Opening Braced For Picketing By Protestors

Anti-racism and pro-refugee charities will send him a strong message.

23/06/2016 15:04
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Protestors say they will counter Trump's 'message of hate'

Hundreds of demonstrators are preparing to give Donald Trump a welcome to the UK he's unlikely to forget.

Their 'Stand Up To Trump' protest will picket the presidential hopeful's golf resort in Scotland when he arrives there later today for its relaunch.

Trump is travelling there from the US, but is likely to face a hostile reception given almost 587,000 people signed a petition calling for the billionaire to be banned from entering Britain. It is not known exactly when he will arrive. 

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Trump pictured in a golf buggy on the Turnberry golf course last year

Speaking in advance of his arrival, protesters said Trump was not welcome, one claiming the Republican had “ramped up levels of racism, Islamophobia, and bigotry” during his run for the White House.

Trump's proposed policies include building a wall on the country’s border with Mexico and temporarily banning Muslims from entering America.

The protest is supported by a number of organisations, including Stand Up to Racism Scotland, the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees and Unite the Union Scotland.

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Trump is due to re-open the Turnberry course today

Keir McKechnie, spokesman for Stand Up to Racism Scotland, said the point of the joint protest was to show Trump that Britons rejected his "racism and Islamophobia".

“His message of hate is one that we’ll challenge and we would not encourage anyone to support him in his presidency," McKechnie said.

“Although this protest happens to be taking place in Scotland, we want to represent people across the whole of the UK and beyond who reject Trump’s racism and Islamophobia.”

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Trump will fly in for the event but campaigners have vowed to show the presidential candidate 'his values are incompatible with ours'

Jonathan Shafi, co-ordinator of Scotland Against Trump, has organised coaches to take protesters to Turnberry.

He told the BBC: “We’ll be organising a protest which will reflect the broad opinion of Scots that his values are incompatible with ours.

“The demonstration on Friday I think will reflect that very well.”

Shafi added that Trump’s brand is “damaging to the Scottish economy”, but Christina Auld, owner of the Links Lodge near the golf resort, told the broadcaster that the property tycoon is “good for the area”.

She said: “I think the whole village is looking forward to him coming here. He’s made amazing changes to the hotel. I’m not a golfer but a lot of my friends are members and they say the golf course is just fantastic - it plays well and they are all loving it.

“I think he’s good for the area. He’s bringing in a lot of revenue. The shops will be better. The restaurants round about. The historic sights will benefit from him. I just think he’s going to make a great difference to the area.”

Police Scotland said it is working closely with relevant agencies ahead of Trump’s visit.

“We do not reveal operational detail around security issues,” the force said.

“Police Scotland has consulted with a number of protest groups in order to facilitate peaceful protest. This will be policed appropriately on the day.”

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