Belgium joins the anti-Trump demonstrations

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Poster on a bicycle reads,

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – No question where this is aimed

May 24 evening was the anti-Trump march in Brussels. The US president is in the city with NATO and the European Union. It has become a rallying point for protest against the Trump administration. I am using the presence of bikes to get some of the images to the site because I was there both to document and to be a participant in the protest.

 

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man wearing a cycling t-shirt at the Trump protest march in Belgium

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bikes and protests. A natural combination

In just a few months, he has run his government primarily through executive order. Health care has been set back to abysmal levels, education is going nowhere, corruption seems to be the order of the day and impeachment seems a matter of when, not if.

 

Europe is struggling with this administration. Apart from the civil rights issues, the explosion in xenophobia, the celebratory racism that seems to be commonplace today, has become too much for most Europeans. The domestic situation alone is frightening, but the worldwide impact of the denial of climate change, the anti-Muslim policies are rippling across the world making the Trump presidency perhaps the most worrying for the future.

 

His damage is far wider than policies that can be overturned by the next administration. The USA has long-prided itself as the beacon for democracy in the world. Today, America has to look to other shores to see how democracy should work.

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