Nearly 250,000 Protesters March against President Donald Trump’s Visit to London
Nearly 250,000 activists descended on the streets of central London yesterday to protest Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, organisers said.
Protesters marched through the capital carrying placards reading “Dump Trump” and “Star Spangled Gobs***”.
Aerial images showed the streets of central London from Portland Place to Trafalgar Square packed with tens of thousands of people taking part.
Stop Trump, the group which organised the biggest march, said that there were 250,000 people taking part.
The day began with the unveiling of the Trump baby blimp in Parliament Square, which was crowdfunded by campaigners furious that Mr Trump was being welcomed to the UK.
The balloon, which depicts Mr. Trump wearing a nappy and carrying a mobile phone, was later pictured among the marching crowds.
Later, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed crowds at a rally in Trafalgar Square and was received with enthusiasm.
“We are asserting our right to demonstrate, our right to free speech,” he said.
Mr. Corbyn said Sadiq Khan deserved support and not condemnation. “Human rights belong to all of us,” he added.
Mr. Corbyn said the message of the demonstration was “one of solidarity”. He added: “When we unite together with common objectives, we can all win.”
The crowd applauded him warmly and chanted “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn”.
Into the evening, several protesters jumped into the fountain in the centre of the square to cool off and kids followed suit - splashing in the shallow water.
Braver members of the crowd climbed up to the top and protested from there.
While activists were making their feelings known in central London, the President was meeting with Theresa May at Chequers for talks on trade, Brexit and NATO. He later took tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
The leaders gave a joint press conference in which they stood sideby-side to shore up the relationship between the UK and the US. It came after Mr. Trump, in an interview with The Sun newspaper, launched into an extraordinary criticism of the Prime Minister which overshadowed the second day of his UK visit.
The president savaged Mrs. May’s Brexit proposals and warned they would likely kill off any chance of a future trade deal with the US in a bombshell interview. At the press conference, Mr. Trump described the interview as “fake news”.
Between 3,000 and 8,000 people took part in the initial Women’s March which travelled from Portland Place to Parliament Square, arriving there for a rally at 2pm.
Many were seen carrying signs that read “I really care. Do you?” and “Dump Trump.”
People were seen banging pots and pans together as they made their way along the protest route.