UK: Tens of thousands protest Trump’s visit in London

5th Jun 2019
UK: Tens of thousands protest Trump’s visit in London

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal

 

LONDON (AA): Tens of thousands of people filled London’s central Trafalgar Square on Tuesday to protest the state visit to the U.K. by U.S. President Donald Trump. Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the anti-Trump demonstration condemning Trump for spreading hate. “All you’ve done is created a greater sense of hate and hatred that goes with it, he said.”

The groups gathered from the early hours before the president was due a visit to Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street.

Corbyn said: “In welcoming visitors to the United States, I hope there can be a conversation. 

“I am not, absolutely not, refusing to meet anybody. I want to be able to have that dialogue to bring about the better and more peaceful world that we all want to live in.

“But I’m very disappointed, particularly today, on the wonderful festival of Eid, that our Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been attacked as he has.

 

Attacking Trump on racism and hate speech, Corbyn said: “When you’ve created that sense of hate, when you’ve destroyed people’s self esteem by those forms of racism, do you know what? You haven’t built a house, you haven’t built a school, you haven’t trained a nurse, you haven’t defended our natural world.

“All you’ve done is created a greater sense of hate and hatred that goes with it.”

Trump arrived at the government offices under heavy police presence as protesters were kept well away from his convoy.

Thousands of protesters carrying anti-Trump banners, placards and posters later on walked on to the entrance of 10 Downing Street, however, they failed to reach it due to a strict police cordon around it. Trump said at the press conference with May that there were very few protesters and those who who reported otherwise were “fake news”. He added that there were large number of those supporting him with US and British flags which was not the case as very few people demonstrated in his support.

The entrance to Whitehall was closed by police vans, horses and metal barriers as more people also gathered in the Parliament Square.

A 20-foot baby Trump blimp was inflated and floated in the square in a location where Trump’s armored vehicle had to pass to arrive for the meeting with May.

The protests continued all day with more people joining them.

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and some other politicians joined the protest at the Parliament Square Monday afternoon.

The U.S. president started his 3-day long state visit on Monday. He was officially welcomed by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace and he met the members of the Royal family in a state banquet in the evening.

He is had dinner with Prince Charles at US Embassy residence following his meetings on Tuesday.

Trump’s visit will continued on Wednesday attending the D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth with May to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

He is expected to leave the U.K. on Wednesday to go to France for further D-Day events.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: Thousands of protesters march from Trafalgar Square down Whitehall in an anti-Trump demonstration in in London, on June 4, 2019. Photographer: Tayfun Salcı/AA]

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