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The Power of a Statue

May 1, 2017

“Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, 
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: 
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Emma Lazarus

photo:worldplacezblogspot.com

These moving words, written by Emma Lazarus and long associated with the Statue of Liberty in the USA, have been called severely into question by the current administation's attempts to place a ban on refugees, defined by their religion, and a wall to keep out Mexicans. Liberty is one of the most powerful statues of a woman, albeit a symbolic rather than an actual woman. It represents the welcome historically extended by that country to the dispossesed, a position now so sadly altered by the mood of the country that brought about Trump's presidency.

Photo: International Business Times

This protest outside the American Embassy in the UK organised by Amnesty, illustrates, once again the power of the civic statue. It was one of those that took place internationally to stand up against the destruction of the ethos of welcoming refugees and not discriminating or excluding on grounds of religion. 

photo:International Business Times

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