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Widespread protests against Trump ban order, air travellers most hit

Los Angeles, Feb 5: Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Los Angeles Intertiol Airport as protests against US President Dold Trump grew after a federal judge halted enforcement of the executive order barring refugees and people from select Muslim-majority tions entering the country.

Travellers has a tough time coming out of the airport, one of the busiest in the US, on Saturday afternoon as both anti- and pro-Trump protesters blocked almost all exits, shouting slogans amid heavy police deployment. Irfa, one of the anti-Trump supporters at the rally outside the airport said, “We have a ray of hope after the federal judge blocked the enforcement of Trump’s executive order instituting the travel ban. We know that the battle will now go to the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and even to Supreme Court, but we believe in the law of the land.”

According to her, the fight is not only about the Trump ban on people from Muslim-majority tions from entering the US. “The fight has a broader meaning. We want the government to restore civil rights, minority rights and true liberty of immigrants in the country,” Irfa said, hailing the work of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which is fighting for the cause.

Media reports said it was unusual for a President to attack a member of the judiciary, which the US Constitution desigtes as a check to the power of the executive branch and Congress.

According to Daniel, who works at the LA airport, the situation created by the protests is not acceptable as this has affected day-to-day life. “I don’t like this situation. I hope a solution to this issue arrives soon and the country comes back to normal,” he said.  (IANS)

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