Ottawa - A peace ceremony is being held for Peace River First Nation on Monday evening.It's the first time this year that the community has had a public celebration for the river.The First Nation and the Ottawa District School Board have agreed to hold the event to mark the end of school for a special day for the people.The event is being hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton School Board.The ceremony is ...
The meme, which has been used by a range of organisations and activists in protest against US President Donald Trump, is being used by anti-Trump protesters on Twitter as a way to “disrupt” Trump’s presidency and is gaining traction online.
“I think it’s a very dangerous meme,” Norman Solomon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution think tank, told Al Jazeera.
“It is an attempt to destabilise the presidency by trying to get a reaction to something that has nothing to do with the president.
It’s an attempt by Trump supporters to destabilize the government and the system.”‘
We are going to be back in the woods” The meme has been picked up by some right-wing websites and groups.
In a post on Facebook, the white nationalist group Identity Evropa claimed it had created “a ‘peaceful’ protest meme” in response to the president’s “Muslim ban”, calling it a “counter-revolutionary” attempt to “destroy the presidency”.
“We are the majority,” said the post, adding: “We are all going to have to return to the woods in a different way than we have been for the past decade.
We are going a different route, to the right of the people, and we are going there because we need to.”
Trump’s ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries has sparked protests across the US, with many calling it discriminatory.
In a statement on Twitter on Sunday, the White House said the US government would not discriminate against anyone who came to the US as a refugee or otherwise, but said it had also taken steps to ensure the “refugees and visa-holders affected by this order are treated fairly and expeditiously”.
“In accordance with the law, the President has directed the State Department to provide all appropriate information to the public and Congress to inform them of the steps taken by the federal government to ensure that refugees and visa holders affected by the order are afforded due process, to protect our national security, and to ensure they are properly vetted for admission,” the statement read.
“The Department of Justice has been working with the State and the Department of Homeland Security to make sure that those affected by these new restrictions are properly protected, while also complying with the federal law that mandates that all visas issued by the Department to foreign nationals are reviewed and that any individual who seeks admission is required to undergo a background check.”‘
There are two sides to every story’The Trump administration has argued that the executive order was necessary to protect national security and that many Muslims living in the US were likely to commit crimes if released from the ban.
“It is not necessary for the government to determine if a refugee is a danger to the United States.
That’s up to the individual and is up to them,” said David Duke, a white nationalist leader, who helped organise the protest at the Lincoln Memorial.”
This is not a ban.
This is a ban for the purpose of controlling the flow of people into the country.”‘
I don’t think I’ve ever been more afraid’On Saturday, the president signed an executive order which effectively blocks refugees from entering the US and suspends the entire refugee programme, a move which has prompted a huge backlash.
“I don.t. think I have ever been so afraid in my life,” said Shireen Omer, a Sudanese-born woman, who was among a group of protesters who took to the streets of Washington DC in March.
“We came to this country to come and help and support the US.
This was supposed to be a place where we could all live and we could be free from this.”‘
You can’t trust Trump’In a separate incident on Sunday evening, a woman was arrested by police at the White Senate for blocking a police line, but police said it was a misunderstanding.
“When we arrived at the intersection, a female protester came out of the White house and was blocking a pedestrian crossing and the police were unable to move her,” the police statement read, according to ABC News.
“At that time, the officers attempted to arrest the female protester, but she was able to move out of their reach and the officer was able call the National Guard to help.”
“As the officers approached, the woman, as they were attempting to arrest her, attempted to break the police line by grabbing a police officer’s shoulder,” it added.’
No way they can do this to us’Another protester, Ali Khan, said the protests were “just the start of this”.
“I’m really angry that people are getting arrested for blocking the sidewalk.
This just shows how big the problem is,” he told Aljazeera.”
No way that they can take away people’s civil liberties,” Khan added.
“I don�t trust them.
I don�’t trust the police.”
A White House official said on Sunday that Trump had been briefed on the protest