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100 'Statues of Liberty' will protest outside US Embassy to mark Trump's 100 days in office

1 May 2017
[International Secretariat]

(C) Marie-Anne Ventoura/Amnesty UK
(C) Marie-Anne Ventoura/Amnesty UK

One hundred Statues of Liberty will assemble outside the US Embassy in central London on Thursday 27 April to mark US President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office (29 April).

The ‘100 statues protest’ - comprising Amnesty International activists in pale-green costumes, pale-green face paint and carrying torches - is designed to draw attention to a host of human rights issues during President Trump’s first three months in office.

Amnesty has been strongly critical of several measures from the new US government - including the multi-country travel ban affecting Muslim majority countries, the 120-day halt to its refugee resettlement programme, plans for a wall on the Mexican border, and a complete halt to funding for global NGOs that provide abortion advice or referrals.

The 100 Statues of Liberty will form lines directly outside the US Embassy. They will stand in sombre silence to protest the human rights violations of President Trump’s administration.

This will be followed by a formal recitation of ‘The New Colossus’ poem, featuring the famous “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddles masses” phrase.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Following the recitation of the poem, the 100 Statues of Liberty will be seen to cover their faces in despair.

“In the space of just 100 days, President Trump has done untold damage to the USA’s already less-than-perfect reputation for upholding human rights.

“It’s a crying shame that President Trump’s administration cares so little for what the Statue of Liberty represents.”

There will also be matching Statue of Liberty protests in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

27 April 2017

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