Britons sign petition to ban Trump from UK for ‘hate speech’

Britons have launched online campaign to ban Donald Trump from UK for delivering hate speeches, after he called for the ban of Muslims entering US

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Updated Dec 10, 2015

An online petition started on Wednesday to block the US Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom has received more than 100,000 signatures from Britons.

The petition came after Trump called for all Muslims to be banned from entering the US on Monday, in the wake of the California shootings in which 14 people were killed by a married Muslim couple in San Bernardino.

"The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech," the text of the petition reads.

"If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the 'unacceptable behaviour' criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful."

The British government responds to all petitions that receive at least 10,000 signatures. Besides, petitions with 100,000 signatures are considered for debate in the British Parliament.

British author of famous Harry Potter book series, JK. Rowling compared Trump to the villain named Voldemort in her series in a tweet saying "Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."


A spokesperson for British Prime Minister David Cameron said Cameron thinks Trump’s remarks were “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong."

Trump’s comments were not condemned only by Cameron, but also by many political actors all around the world including Muslim organisations and human rights groups.

The White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday said that Donald Trump’s proposal to prevent Muslims from entering the country disqualified him from becoming president and urged Republicans to dismiss him immediately.

"What Mr. Trump said is deeply offensive," Earnest said.

"It’s morally reprehensible. It runs counter to the US Constitution" and threatens national security, he added.

Trump products to be banned in Arab countries

In response to Trump’s latest comments, Landmark Group, a Dubai-based multinational company in the Middle East, has suspended sales of his company’s products in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US. media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home decor range,” Arabian Business quoted Sachin Mundhwa, head of Lifestyle Outlets, as saying.

In the past, Trump has drawn reaction from all around the world, as he made anti-Muslim comments for several times.

In November, Trump pledged to consider closing down some mosques in the US as part of the fight against DAESH militants who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks which left at least 130 people dead and more that 350 others wounded.

Early in October, he also had announced that all the Syrian refugees accepted by President Barack Obama’s administration would be expelled, if he gets elected president, claiming that they would be DAESH members.

On Tuesday the House of Representatives approved a bill tightening visa restrictions concerning 38 nations that are allowed to enter the US without visa, aiming to prevent further terror attacks.

According to the new regulation, people who travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan during the past five years will need a visa.


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