Millions throughout the globe condemn Trump

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​Avaaz says its letter is just the beginning of a campaign against the 45 US president

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9th February 2017 by Graham Martin 1 Comment

More than 5 million people throughout the world have signed an open letter to US president Donald Trump, rejecting his “fear, hate-mongering and bigotry”.

At one point, more than 400,000 people per day were signing the letter, which was posted online by campaign-enabling group Avaaz.

It states: “We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence. We reject your denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans, and millions of others who don’t look like you, talk like you, or pray to the same god as you.  

“Facing your fear we choose compassion. Hearing your despair we choose hope. Seeing your ignorance we choose understanding.  

“As citizens of the world, we stand united against your brand of division.”

Now Avaaz has revealed plans to have the letter printed in major US newspapers and campaigners have pasted it on a giant wall in front of the White House, where hundreds of contributed messages of resistance.

Avaaz says the letter is just one prong in in its campaign against Trump and the rise of the far right.

A spokesman said: “People are rising fast to meet the massive threat of Trump-style politics -- with more than 5 million of us signing the open letter and taking to the streets to oppose his hateful agenda:

“If there’s one thing that’s clear it’s that this movement is ready to rise to the challenge pose by Trump and the new tide of far-right, fascist leaders across the world.

“This is only the beginning. Trump’s threatening to tear up international agreements, start a nuclear arms race, and stoke war. And this is happening in all our countries, with Trump-style politicians on the rise in Europe and across the world. 

“Responding with courage to the biggest fights of our time isn't just the core of what our movement does over and over again, it is what is most needed in this moment in history. We are building unprecedented power, and we can win unprecedented victories, together.”

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