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'Together Against Trump', thousands protest peacefully in London

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'Together Against Trump', thousands protest peacefully in London

By Andrew MacAskill and Jamillah Knowles

 

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A man holds a pro-Trump banner as demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump, in central London, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Chanting "Donald Trump has got to go," tens of thousands of protesters marched through London on Friday waving banners and banging pots to demonstrate against the U.S. president on his first official visit to Britain.

 

Under a brilliant blue sky, demonstrators streamed through central London's main streets carrying placards saying "Dump Trump" and "Keep your tiny hands off women's rights". Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn was among the throng.

 

Organisers said 250,000 people were protesting in London and other demonstrations were expected in cities around the country, including Windsor where the U.S. President was due to have tea with Queen Elizabeth.

 

"Lock him in the tower," one homemade placard said there, just yards from where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May.

 

Police, who declined to put a number on the size of the demonstration, had sealed off parts of London including Piccadilly and Regent Street for marchers, while thousands filled Trafalgar Square to hear speeches.

 

"Trump is not welcome in Britain," said Grish Gregoran, 58, a shopkeeper who took the day off to attend the protests.

 

"We wanted to embarrass him and I think we have done that today. We know how sensitive he is. It is horrible to hear the inflammatory language that he uses and I am embarrassed that (Prime Minister) Theresa May has done so much to welcome him."

 

"DUMP TRUMP"

 

London regards its "special relationship" with the United States as a keystone of foreign policy and May has courted Trump ahead of Britain's departure from the European Union.

 

But some Britons see the U.S. leader as crude, volatile, unreliable and opposed to their values on a range of issues. Those demonstrating against Trump included women's rights campaigners, supporters of immigration and LGBT groups.

 

"Here, queer and angry," said one banner. "Immigration is not a crime," said another.

 

"Our message to our government and our prime minister is: 'We don't want a special relationship with bigots'," Len McCluskey, the head of the country's biggest trade union, told Reuters.

 

Activists kicked off the demonstrations on Friday by floating a six-metre-high (20-ft) blimp outside parliament depicting the U.S. president as a snarling orange baby.

 

Trump told the Sun newspaper he was avoiding the capital as much as possible.

 

"I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, (there is) no reason for me to go to London," he said.

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has clashed repeatedly with Trump on Twitter, defended the demonstrations as free speech.

 

"The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope," Khan told BBC Radio.

 

Khan said pro-Trump supporters would march on Saturday, although some were present on Friday, separated from the main demonstration by police.

 

A small group of pro-Trump supporters waved the U.S. flag alongside the Union Jack, chanting "We want Trump" and "Trump for 2020".

 

Charlie Moffitt, a 16-year-old student who was wearing a red "Make America Great Again" cap, said: "At a time when we are leaving the European Union we need to be close to our most important ally."

 

 
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Spot on Becker I wonder if there is a brig on air force one I personally would like to see that unamerican tratior taken straight to Leavenworth prison a total train wreck 

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2 hours ago, Boon Mee said:

But what are they protesting about is the question. 

 

maybe they did not want to see Trump waving from the Queen’s royal carriage

(The White House initially made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit planned for october 2017)

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trump-demands-gold-plated-welcome-xjnffdq32

Trump wants gold-plated carriage ride with Queen during UK visit: report 

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4 hours ago, dcutman said:

The Trump hate Sheeple seem to be much more civilized in the UK than in the U.S. Of course setting up the ANTIFA head bangers in London was not in the budget.

Une effigie de Donald Trump, lors d’une manifestation contre sa visite au Royaume-Uni, devant le Parlement, à Londres, le 13 juillet.

Matt Dunham/AP

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