London’s first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, addressed a crowd of around 5,000 people in Trafalgar Square in Central London on Sunday. He spoke before a public screening of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s movie The Salesman.
“President Trump can’t silence me… I want the world to hear we stand in solidarity with Asghar Farhadi. We stand in solidarity with all those who are discriminated against because of their nationality, their faith, or their background,” he said. “At a time when people are talking about travel bans, we should welcome people. At a time when people are talking about building walls, we could build bridges. At a time when people try to divide communities, we should unite communities. And you know what? As politicians, at a time when people try and motivate people by using fear, I will always use hope.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan has been vocal in his disapproval of American President Donald Trump, and has been pushing to have Trump’s planned state visit to the United Kingdom denied. The mayor believes that President Trump “should not get VIP treatment when he comes to Britain later this year because of his ‘ban on people from seven Muslim-majorities countries’ and his decision to block refugees from entering the United States” the Israel Times reported.