London, on Friday, saw widespread protests against US President Donald Trump, who arrived in Britain after a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium.
A threat of protests was always looming on Trump’s visit to the US.
Earlier, shortly after the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump spoke to the media. Upon being asked whether he was concerned about protests during his visit, Trump told the reporters,
“I think they like me in the UK. I think they agree with me on immigration.”
He was also quick to mention that his mother was from Scotland, which he plans to visit during the weekend.
The British people made it clear as to what they think of Trump as tens of thousands of people took to the street to protest against Trump’s visit to the UK.
A “Trump Baby” balloon was launched into the sky above Parliament Square. The orange-and-yellow baby balloon, wearing a diaper, was met with huge cheers from the crowd.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave permission for the giant balloon to fly. He defended his decision by telling the media, “The idea that we limit the right to protest because it might cause offense to a foreign leader is a slippery slope.”
Protesters made their feelings known through some creative slogans and banners.
Some of the banners simple read, “#DumpTrump”, “Trump Not Welcome” or “Together against Trump”.
While some held banners were more on the cruder side. One of the protestors held a sign which read: “My morning dump has more sense than Trump”.
Some banners, meanwhile, were simply meant to be offensive. A protester held an image which showed a Trump as a duck, with the text, “Donald Duck Off”.
Some of the signs were meant to poke fun at the US President. Using the old-fashioned term for a fart, some made fun of the US President’s last name. “#PresidentFart” became a popular sign.
Some protesters took their creativity up a notch. A woman held a sign which read, “I came here to drink tea and fight fascism. I’ve just finished my tea.”
“We need politicians who are thoughtful and measured,” she said. “It’s the unpredictability that worries me. His lack of diplomacy, the lack of integrity.”
Another banner held by a lady made a clever reference to Trump’s infamous words in a tape, “Grab ‘em by the pu*ssy”.
Another hilarious sign was that of an infant, which read, “I’m less of a baby”.
Some protesters did not even spare their own Prime Minister. “Go home and take May with you”, read one sign.
There seemed to be an atmosphere of carnival on the streets of London, with people blowing whistles, playing drums, dancing and listening to loud music. It was the largest weekday protest that the city had seen in a long time.
Similar protests were observed in the streets of Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast. In an interview with the Sun, Trump did admit that the protests made him feel unwelcome. “When they make you feel unwelcome why would I stay there?” he said.
Trump, however, did not come close to witnessing the protests as he had a lunch with the Prime Minister of UK, Theresa May, and tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
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