Hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyze London with massive demonstrations during Donald Trump's state visit next week.
More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate events across the country in a security operation that is expected to cost around £ 18 million.
The main protest is taking place in central London on Tuesday, with organizers claiming that a quarter of a million people will march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square. Scotland Yard has given them permission to protest just meters from Downing Street while the American president is having lunch there with Prime Minister Theresa May.
Pictured: Police patrol near the US ambassador's residence in Regent & # 39; s Park, London, because barriers were erected prior to Trump's visit
Pictured: Employees enter the mall today with Union Flags while the capital prepares for the arrival of US President Donald Trump in London
Two groups – Stand Up to Trump and Stop Trump – are coordinating protest groups for what they call a & # 39; carnival of resistance & # 39; to mention. They have been on buses to bring thousands of supporters to the capital from towns and villages in the UK.
A spokesperson for Stand Up To Trump said: & We will bring central London to a halt. By the time he leaves, he will know, and the world will know, that people here reject him and his toxic policies. & # 39;
Stop Trump added: & # 39; We will make it clear to the British government that it is not OK to normalize Trump's agenda and the fear it has created. & # 39;
Mr. Trump and his wife Melania receive full red carpet treatment, with the Queen organizing no fewer than four events in their honor. Royal arms fairs shoot in honor of Trump in the Tower of London and in Green Park, while Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Duke of York will also be heavily involved.
Hundreds of thousands of activists are preparing to paralyze London with massive demonstrations during Donald Trump's state visit next week
The demonstrators, led by a ragbag army of hard-left activists and Corbynistas, are planning to fly an attacking 20ft blimp with the president as an angry baby. It was flown earlier during Mr Trump's visit last year, after London's mayor Sadiq Khan had licensed its use.
Yesterday evening the mayor's office again gave permission to be flown over the capital, although protesters still need final approval from the Metropolitan Police before it is launched.
A 16ft-talking robot from Mr Trump, sitting on a golden toilet that has been shipped from China to the UK, is also expected to appear. It portrays the American leader with his pants around his ankles as he tweets, and emits wind noise and recordings of some of Trumps provocative sound bites, including & # 39; no collusion & # 39 ;, & # 39; you are fake news & # 39; and & # 39; I am a very stable genius & # 39; .
More than 20,000 police officers will be deployed at 20 separate events across the country in a security operation expected to cost around £ 18 million
Thousands of protesters are also expected to organize a demonstration outside of Buckingham Palace during the royal banquet on Monday evening in honor of the American president.
The Women & # 39; s Peace Council is organizing a rally called The People & # 39; s Banquet because it does not believe that Trump & # 39; deserves this red carpet treatment & # 39 ;.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry announced yesterday that she would attend the main rally and urged her supporters to join her.
With the slogan #StopTrump, she said she is marching because the American president & # 39; destroys all values that England and America have always united & # 39 ;.
Dawn Butler MP, Labor spokesperson for women and equality, gave a call to activists and said: & # 39; If you do one thing next week, it will come out on your lunch break and you will stand up to Trump.
& # 39; Stand up against all the hatred he uses to elevate himself and say, "Not here, not in our country. We don't want it and we don't want you."
The anti-Trump protest in 2018 was led by Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, but the party remained on their lips last night about whether he intends to attend Tuesday's rally. Mr Corbyn has already rejected the Queen's invitation to the Royal Banquet at Buckingham Palace.
There are fears that fierce anti-Trump sentiment could become violent, and police chiefs of Metten are concerned that activists could use similar tactics used in the dying rebel protests, which brought thousands of wretches in April, when large parts of the capital spent days were closed by demonstrators.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “It's a concern because we don't want this type of activity to happen again. I will never sit here and tell you that this kind of incident will never happen again, because there are some things we can do in police work and some things we can't do. & # 39;
The reported officers have met with the organizers of the main protest against Trump and have forbidden demonstrators from walking the entire length of Whitehall to allow the president's column to go down to Street without problems.
During last year's visit, Mr. Trump spent only a few hours in London, avoiding most demonstrators, although he acknowledged that he felt unwelcome and suggested that he would never visit London again.
On this occasion he will almost certainly see and hear anti-Trump activists.
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