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Trump inauguration: protest banners dropped from iconic British bridges

* Over 200 banner drops took place across the world, with 150+ in the UK alone

* Protest spread as far as Ethiopia, Cambodia, Australia, the USA and Norway.

* Locations included Tower Bridge and Ironbridge

Over 200 banner drops took place on Friday 20th as people across the world respond to the inauguration of Donald Trump. A 25m banner saying ‘Bridges not Walls’ was dropped from Tower Bridge in Central London at 8:30am, followed by every major bridge across the Thames as far as Vauxhall.

The London action, one of more than 150 in villages, towns and cities across the nation, is part of the Bridges not Walls project, an unprecedented partnership between grassroots activists and campaigners working on a diverse range of issues, formed in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.

The initiative began as the brainchild of Hastings ice cream man and homeless shelter worker Will Stevens in the aftermath of the shock US election result. It rapidly gained momentum and is now backed by a growing number of existing activist groups, community groups and larger campaign organisations who share anxiety about recent political events both here and in the US.

Nona Hurkmans, Bridges not Walls spokesperson said:

“On Trump’s inauguration day we’re taking action to show our support for groups under attack – here in the UK, across Europe and in the USA – and to reject the rise of a dangerous and divisive far right politics. We won’t let the politics of hate peddled by the likes of Donald Trump take hold. What happens next is up to us and by standing together we can show that the rhetoric of fear and hate have no place in our society.”

Chief Executive of Migrants Organise, Zrinka Bralo, said:

“We stand in solidarity with colleagues and friends in the US. We have all read reports of an increase in hate attacks. The emergence of neo-Nazis and white supremacists is scary; the attempt to normalise what is going on is even scarier. We have the responsibility to fight against attempts to divide us. Our shared values of justice, respect for dignity, human rights and the truth must shine through these difficult times.”

Banners were unveiled in the capital cities of all four British nations, and in Dublin too. Other iconic locations include Ironbridge and the Humber Bridge. Outside the UK, banner drops are planned in Addis Ababa, Berlin, Rome, Oslo, Madrid, Toronto, Sydney, Phnom Penh and San Diego.   

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CONTACT:

Full map of all registered banner drops is available at www.bridgesnotwalls.uk  

Email press@bridgesnotwalls.uk for contact details of local action organisers.

High Res Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q53vp72gcattjsh/AADy1H8eXYt_vDa2WipmcBK-a?dl=0

For more information, and requests for interviews contact: Daniel Jones 07751 782 200 / press@bridgesnotwalls.uk / www.bridgesnotwalls.uk

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Notes to editors:

  1. London bridge themes are as follows:
    1. Tower Bridge – ‘Build Bridges not Walls’
    2. London Bridge – race issues
    3. Southwark Bridge – islamophobia
    4. Millennium – people power
    5. Blackfriars – environment
    6. Waterloo – women’s rights
    7. Westminster – migrants, immigration and refugees
    8. Lambeth – bridges not walls
    9. Vauxhall – LGBTQ+
  2. UK banner drops outside London include bridges in:

    1. Cardiff
    2. Belfast
    3. Edinburgh
    4. Glasgow
    5. Manchester
    6. Leeds
    7. Bristol
    8. Brighton
    9. Oxford
    10. Cambridge
    11. York
    12. Liverpool
    13. Norwich
    14. Portsmouth
    15. Southampton
    16. Aberystwyth
    17. Somerset
    18. Cornwall
    19. Lancashire
    20. Cumbria
    21. Midlands

Bridges Not Walls supporting organisations are listed here: http://bridgesnotwalls.uk/whos-in/