Texas Muslims decry Trump policies at capitol rally in Austin

By REUTERS
February 1, 2017 00:19

 
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AUSTIN, Texas, Jan 31 - With arms locked and voices joined to sing the US national anthem, more than 1,000 people rallied at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday against Trump administration immigration policies and travel restrictions aimed at seven mostly Muslim countries.

Texas Muslim Capitol Day, designed to show Muslims how the state government in Austin works, has been held for more than a decade when the legislature meets every other year for its regular session.

This year's event held increased significance after Republican President Donald Trump last week imposed the travel restrictions, and a Texas Republican lawmaker held a meeting over what he sees as Islamic threats.

"We are witnessing the unprecedented normalization and legalization of discrimination. We will not stand by and let this happen," Democratic state Representative Victoria Neave told the crowd, which included people waving signs reading, "Muslims, We've Got your Back."

Crowds chanted: "No ban. No Wall," in reference to proposals to ban Muslims and Trump's plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

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