The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto has suspended services to the public in anticipation of a large protest over U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations entering the United States.
Toronto police erected barriers around the consulate early Monday for a rally expected to begin at 8 a.m. ET. More than 3,000 people have said they plan to join the protest on the event’s Facebook page.
“For all those who believe in a compassionate world, the time to act is now,” said the organizers in a social media post. “Refugees, many of them children, are trapped in airports and being turned back to a dangerous home because of their religion, their language, their skin colour.”
Trump’s executive order banning travel from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days and suspending refugee admissions for 120 days has been met with protests, widespread confusion, and international condemnation since it was announced on Friday.