Largescale protests are scheduled to take place in a number of cities during Trump’s visit next week, The Independent reported on Friday.
Protestors are set to gather in London and Oxfordshire on Thursday evening, ahead of Trump’s arrival the following day. Several other demonstrations will take place across the UK, including Scotland, where he has business interests.
Numerous campaigning groups, including Stop the War, Friends of the Earth, and the Trades Union Congress have played a role in organizing protests to show their disapproval of the Trump administration’s policies.
Commenting on the matter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s spokesperson said he “supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms.”
Leo Murray raised £16,000 (around $21,000 at the current GBP/USD exchange rate) via a crowdfunding platform for the project and has already obtained permission from the Greater London Authority to hoist the balloon in central London.
Twitterians shared their views on his upcoming, and somewhat controversial, visit.
So if every city in America gets one of those balloons, does that mean he’ll avoid the US all together?! pic.twitter.com/ecBlxcHbsd— Brittany (@gigg1e_s) July 6, 2018
Obviously. London is wiser, smarter. And will not tolerate the presence of Hitler 2.0.— 👑rayнan👑 (@TheBlooRay) July 6, 2018
Epic Cowardice, but no surprise— Maggie Drake (@magananda) July 6, 2018
It’s probably best if he just avoids the uk.— VWOWW BBK (@MummaBear_) July 6, 2018
Trump will arrive in the UK next Friday, a day after a NATO summit in Brussels, where he will call on European members of the military bloc to spend more on defense to meet the NATO target of two percent of GDP.
His official visit is scheduled to last three days, during which he will meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the Queen, and US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson.