Bastille Singer Dan Smith Explains Why He Joined Anti-Trump Protest in London

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Dan Smith of Bastille performs on stage at the Pandora Holiday Live event at Pier 36 on Dec. 6, 2016 in New York City.

'It was brilliant to see people caring enough to take to the streets with the sole aim of promoting an inclusive society,' he says.

Bastille singer Dan Smith joined a London protest march against President Trump's controversial anti-immigration order on Monday (Jan. 30) and he explained to the NME why he was inspired to take to the streets. “In the context of the dangerous and divisive political rhetoric of recent times, it was really heartening to see such a huge group of unified people taking to the streets to protest peacefully and exercise such an important democratic freedom," Smith told NME about the global protests against Trump's confusing presidential action, rolled out on Jan. 27, which blocks any refugees from entering the country for 120 days and imposes a 90-day ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

“These protests feel like they fly in the face of much of the negativity of recent times, which seems to stem from falsehoods being perpetuated online in an impersonal and removed way," Smith said. "It was brilliant to see people caring enough to take to the streets with the sole aim of promoting an inclusive society rather than an exclusive, fearful and divided one."

 

 


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