Council backs Alliance Trump amendment

Belfast City Council has backed an Alliance amendment to a motion condemning recent comments made by US President Donald Trump.

The amendment, submitted by Councillor Michael Long, said President Trump’s comments following events in Charlottesville lacked clarity and failed to condemn the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi gangs.

“The President has a history of comments showing misogyny, xenophobia and racism. It is disgraceful and there is no place for it in the world,” said Councillor Long.

“This amendment outlined the need for all of us to challenge racism and unfairness wherever we see it. Sometimes a face to face challenge is most effective, such as Justin Trudeau challenging the Pope about institutional abuse or Enda Kenny reminding Trump about the benefits of immigration.

“It also reiterated this Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, with equality and respect, helping our city in its transition from a period of division caused by conflict to a city that celebrates diversity and pluralism.”

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