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Thousands Protest Against Trump in London

  • Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump in central London, UK.

    Demonstrators protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump in central London, UK. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 July 2018

Thousands of demonstrators in London marched chanting slogans and holding up banners rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump, calling him a "liar, bully and much more".

British citizens are mobilizing against United States President Donald Trump organizing mass protests in at least 25 cities across the United Kingdom. Tens of thousands of people are taking part in the demonstrations. The largest one took place in London, where more than 64,000 people gathered.

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In London, the march organized by a collective identified as ‘Together Against Trump,’ started outside the BBC’s headquarters and is expected to reach Trafalgar Square. The collective includes several trade unions and campaign groups, such as Stop the War, Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

U.S. president Donald Trump has referred to his "great relationship" with  British Prime Minister Theresa May a day after attacking her plans for Brexit, saying they would ''kill'' trade relations with the U.S.

Trump met May at her country residence on the first full day of his official visit to Britain. Both leaders said they had a lot to talk about.

In his earlier interview with a British newspaper, Trump lamented that May didn't follow his advice on Brexit. To add insult to injury, he praised former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who recently resigned, saying he could be 'a great prime minister'. Then he took on London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, saying he is a ''terrible mayor" who has done "a very bad job on terrorism by allowing so many migrants to come into the city."

Sadiq Khan, London's first Muslim mayor, has been attacked by Trump ever since he was appointed in 2016. 

"I'm not going to get involved in a ding-dong with president Trump about his views of me (...) I don't think the rise in crime is because of immigration from North Africa or anywhere else, that's for president Trump to explain why he thinks there's a link between immigration to Europe and the rising crime in our country and in other parts of Europe as well," Khan said.

Opponents of Trump flew a six-meter blimp depicting the U.S. president as an orange, snarling nappy-wearing baby just outside the British Parliament on Friday.

Khan, who gave his blessing for the blimp to be flown, said pro and anti-Trump protests should be allowed to take place providing they are peaceful.

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