Nearly 250,000 Pro­test­ers March against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Visit to Lon­don

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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.

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