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UK petition calling for ban of Donald Trump

Posted at 7:10 AM, Dec 09, 2015

A petition on the UK Parliament's website is calling for Donald Trump to be banned from entering the country.

The petition collected more than 172,000 signatures by Wednesday afternoon in the UK.

The petition was started after Donald Trump claimed in a radio interview that parts of London are "so radicalized the police are afraid for their lives."

This was after Trump said on Monday that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States.

Any petition that has more than 100,000 signatures becomes eligible to be considered for debate in the Parliament, according to the BBC. The hashtag #trumpfact also began trending Tuesday night in London in reaction to Trump's statement. One of the most popular images circulating is a photograph of the Queen wearing a headscarf.

According to The Guardian, the government has signaled it will not ban Trump from Britain despite the petition.

The petition was started by a woman named Suzanne Kelly. The petition says: “The signatories believe Donald J Trump should be banned from UK entry. The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK.

“If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.”