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A GROUP of human rights campaigners have gathered outside the US Consulate General in Belfast to protest against Donald Trump’s actions during his first 100 days in office.

The Amnesty International activists, including student Jenny Pollock dressed as the Statue of Liberty, staged the demonstration to draw attention to a series of human rights concerns during President Trump’s first three months in the White House.

Amnesty has been strongly critical of several measures from the new US government, including the multi-country travel ban affecting Muslim majority countries, the 120-day halt to its refugee resettlement programme and plans for a wall on the Mexican border.

The protest group gathered at the gates of the consulate holding cards with the words “No ban”, “No wall” and “Refugees welcome”.

Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty’s Northern Ireland programme director said: “In the space of just 100 days, time and time again President Trump has threatened and undermined human rights in the United States and around the world.”

He added: “The Statue of Liberty stands for American values of freedom and an age-old willingness to shelter people uprooted through war and persecution.

“We continue to stand for those values, even while President Trump has shown that he cares little for what this great symbol of America represents.”

Mr Corrigan hand delivered a dossier addressed to the US Consul General Daniel Lawton outlining 100 ways “in which President Trump has threatened human rights in his first 100 days in office”.

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