‘Trump Baby’ balloon flies above London as hundreds protest

‘Trump Baby’ balloon flies above London as hundreds protest

Anti-Trump protesters took over central London as more than 250,000 people took to the streets to demonstrate against the Presidential visit.

Police have arrested four people and are urging the public to stay away from Trafalgar Square as the area is at full capacity. 

Scuffles broke out near Whitehall earlier as tempers flared between campaigners and pro-Trump supporters. 

There were many familiar faces among the crowds today including Ed Miliband, Ken Livingstone and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who gave a rallying speech to the tens of thousands who gathered in the famous square.

Celebrities also didn’t pass up the opportunity to get involved with Stephen Fry and James Bond actress Samantha Bond spotted at the event. 

Singer and vocal Trump critic Lily Allen was expected to turn up. She tweeted: ‘These helicopters are oppressive’, hinting she may be somewhere within the crowds. 

The marchers banged out a wall of noise as they headed from London’s west end to Parliament Square in a loud carnival atmosphere of drumming and cheering.  

They started outside the BBC’s headquarters at the top of Regent Street before marching down Regent’s Street and filling Trafalgar Square. 

Hours after he landed in London for a four-day tour of the UK, President Trump said he felt ‘unwelcome’ in the capital and said the blimp made in his likeness was to blame.  

‘Dump the Trump!’ Trafalgar Square entirely filled with demonstrators as police urge people to stay away as the area is at full capacity 

Joining the many: Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t resist an opportunity to return to his protesting days as he took to the streets along with 100,000 others to demonstrate against President Trump’s visit to the country 

‘Stop Trump!’: Hundreds of demonstrators march through Regents Street in London holding placards 

Huge turn-out: Around 100,000 people have flooded central London to demonstrate against Donald Trump’s visit to the UK

Anger: Tempers flared between pro-Trump and anti-Trump supporters outside the Silver Cross pub in Whitehall as emotions ran high 

Not welcome: Protesters of all ages and backgrounds gathered by Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square to make their views clear on the President’s visit to the country 

Packed: Tourist hot-spot Piccadilly Circus in Central London is completely overtaken by thousands of campaigners 

‘Together against Trump!’: Protesters at the front of the march led the way with a gigantic banner spanning the width of Regent’s Street 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave a rallying speech at the event where he called on the crowds to join together in ‘unity not hate’.  

Aerial views show the densely packed crowds who gathered at Portland Place and filling Oxford Street and Regent Street ahead of a rally at Trafalgar Square.

The Metropolitan Police said they would not give an estimate of numbers in attendance, but MPS Events tweeted that such was the scale of the crowd that stallholders in Trafalgar Square had been asked to take down their stands ‘to maximise the space available’.

Celebrities including Stephen Fry and James Bond actress Samantha Bond tweeted their support for those marching, while Downton Abbey actress Laura Carmichael joined crowds.

Politicians including former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg and ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband said they would be taking part in the protests.

Warning: The Met Police have warned Trafalgar Square is almost at full capacity as an estimated 100,000 people have crammed into the Central London location for the anti-Trump protest 

Police barricade: Officers are in place blocking off a rival ‘Welcome Trump’ march set up by right-wing supporters 

‘He doesn’t even go here!’: Creative protesters have created placards quoting various cultural references such as the Mean Girls quote in a bid to make their feelings known

Safety warning: A drone picture taken by the Met Police shows the number of people who have turned out for the protest as officers warn protesters to stay away 

Scuffles: Hundreds of Met Police officers have been roped in to keep right-wing protests and anti-Trump demonstrators apart 

Getting involved: Former Labour leader Ed Miliband was among the crowd and appeared animated as he joined in with the chants

Heated: Police appear to restrain an anti-Trump protester who was seen to be causing trouble during the march 

Bird’s eye view: An aerial photograph taken by the BBC shows the volume of people who have gathered in London – with some getting into the fountains in Trafalgar Square 

Aggression: One anti-Trump supporter could be heard shouting at pro-Trump supporters who gathered near Whitehall 

Police barricade: Officers make a human shield between pro-Trump supporters and anti-Trump supporters gathering in London 

Here comes Corbyn: The Labour leader was spotted walking along Whitehall in central London towards the demonstrators with his entourage 

Rage: A man protesting against Trump’s visit appears to shove a Trump fan in the face as a policewoman tries to intervene 

Difference of opinion: A Trump supporter wearing sunglasses shouts down a woman protesting against Trump’s visit 

‘Justice for our boy’: Pro-Trump supporters were joined by a group of Tommy Robinson fans who selected the same day to campaign for the former EDL leader’s release from prison 

Out in full force: A BBC aerial photograph shows the famous square in central London almost entirely filled with protesters 

The day of demonstrations began with a giant baby blimp caricature of an angry Mr Trump being flown in Parliament Square.

While the president did not personally witness the blimp’s flight, he did say it had made him ‘feel unwelcome’ in London.

Protesters said it was an accurate representation of his politics, which Mexican Paul Fonseca, 23, of Camden, north London, described as ‘so immature’.

The Together Against Trump march followed the Women’s March, which used the hashtag Bring The Noise, earlier on Friday afternoon, during which pots and pans were bashed and chanting erupted from the crowd against a backdrop of drumming and cheering.

Immigration, the treatment of refugee women, equal rights for women and people of different sexes were among the topics raised and organisers of that demo said more than 80,000 people had turned out.

Scotland Yard said there had been no arrests by 3.30pm at the women’s march.

The colourful march began after a choir sang, the suffragette march was played on a loudspeaker and people joined in with the songs We Are Family and Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves.

It was a carnival atmosphere among the crowd, which included babies being pushed in prams plus men and women of different ages and races.

The marchers banged out a wall of noise as they headed from London’s west end to Parliament Square in a loud carnival atmosphere of drumming and cheering.

Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey, held a banner which read ‘End Violence Against Women’.

One of the crowd: The former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone was one of the more familiar faces as the march made its way through London’s streets 

‘Build bridges not walls’: Thousands of demonstrators have congregated in Trafalgar Square to protest against Donald Trump’s first visit to the UK as president  

Aggression: A man brandishing right-wing leaflets is held back by a police officer near the Silver Cross pub in Whitehall as an argument breaks out between opposing protesters 

Women from a number of different protest groups, take part in an anti-Trump demonstration in central London

Thousands of ‘Stop Trump’ protesters are gathering in Portland Place in London to begin their march through the Capital

Lucy Guy, 41, brought a handmade poster which read ‘Not even your wife likes you’.

The Nottingham-born TV comedy writer, who lives in Hackney, east London, said: ‘There are so many reasons to dislike Trump and one of them is that he is a massive misogynist.

‘We all know that he cannot stop watching the TV so I hope he might see this and it annoys him.’

The homemade banner proudly held by Emily Darnell, 40, an executive assistant from Haywards Heath near Brighton, read ‘Super Callous Fragile Racist Sexist Nazi Potus’.

She said: ‘Trump is just a vile, vile man so I felt really motivated to come here.’

Protesters said they were united against Mr Trump and many had put their creative caps on with a range of colourful banners.

James O’Brien, from Co Mayo, was selling Trump toilet paper at Oxford Circus which was attracting amused passers-by.

‘We thought it’d be fun,’ he said.

Getting the attention of potential buyers, he said: ‘The most satisfaction you can have in a toilet, kids.’

A percentage of the money raised from the toilet rolls is going towards mental health awareness.

Messages on placards included ‘This is our carnival of resistance’, ‘No Fan of Fake Tan Man’, ‘How Dare You Combover here’ plus ‘Trump Stinks’ alongside an image of a turd emoji topped off with a golden wig.

Mr Trump left Winfield House, residence of US Ambassador’s Woody Johnson (left), doing a fist pump before boarding Marine One at 9am this morning

Trump, who arrived in Britain on Thursday, told The Sun newspaper that planned protests against him in London and other British cities made him feel unwelcome so he was avoiding the capital as much as possible. 

TRUMP’S VISIT 

President Trump is set to carry out a number of engagements across the UK today. Here is his itinerary:  

8.45, London: US First Lady Melania Trump and Philip May meet veterans and school children

9am, London: Mr Trump leaves Winfield House, the US Ambassador’s residence, doing a fist pump before boarding Marine One. Expected to view a joint US-UK special forces military demonstration at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

10.40am, Chequers:  President Trump arrives at Chequers

13.40pm, ChequersJoint press conference with President Trump and Theresa May  

3.50pm, Windsor: The Queen to meet Trump and the US First Lady at Windsor Castle

7.40pm, Prestwick: Trump and First Lady arrive in Scotland on Air Force One

8.35pm, Turnberry: Trump and First Lady arrive at Trump Turnberry, his resort in Scotland

Trump told The Sun: ‘I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.

‘I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?’

And Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said the London mayor ‘should be ashamed of himself’ for approving the giant balloon protest about the American president’s imminent visit.

Giuliani said: ‘Sadiq Khan should be ashamed of himself. He’s so busy attacking President Trump’s visit and, in the meantime, crime is spiralling in London. Maybe he should just do his job instead of attacking a world leader.’ 

Britain regards its close ties with the United States, which it calls the special relationship, as a pillar of its foreign policy and Prime Minister Theresa May has courted Trump ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union.

But some Britons see Trump as crude, volatile, unreliable and opposed to their values on a range of issues.  

A few hundred people gathered to watch the blimp launch in Parliament Square, with organisers of the stunt wearing red boiler suits and red baseball caps emblazoned with ‘TRUMP BABYSITTER’.

After counting down from 10 to 1 a cheer went up as the large balloon rose to fly around 10 metres off the ground, next to parliament and the River Thames. 

After the blimp went up, protesters took to the streets to denounce Trump’s UK visit for stoking ‘division along fault lines of fear and hatred’.

Pots and pans were bashed and a loud chorus of ‘say it loud, say it proud – Donald Trump’s not welcome here’ erupted from the crowd against a backdrop of drumming and cheering.

‘Call that a blimp?’ Social media mocks Baby Trump balloon which was taken down after just two hours

A much vaunted baby Trump blimp which flew above Parliament ahead of thousands of protesters marching through the capital has been labelled a damp squib by social media.

Anti-Trump protesters stirred controversy with the 20ft high inflatable caricature, which depicted the leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone and floated among statues of revered world leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

But as it was taken down after two hours, it was ridiculed by Twitter users who called the blimp ‘pathetic’ and a ‘waste of money.’

It was given the green light by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a move branded ‘utterly pathetic, pointless and graceless’ by MP Sir Nicholas Soames as it hovered near the statue of his grandfather Sir Winston Churchill. 

‘Call that a blimp?’ Social media ridiculed the ‘pathetic’ baby Trump protest balloon which came down after just two hours

The much vaunted baby Trump blimp which flew above Parliament has been labelled a damp squib by social media

There was a countdown and a cheer as the balloon floated above Parliament Square – but once it came down, many were left disappointed 

Author and journalist Peter Lloyd was among those who questioned the money spent on the blimp

 

The blimp was swiftly ridiculed on social media, as some called it ‘rubbish’ and others said they would shoot it down 

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingston joined protesters in London

The Nottingham-born TV comedy writer who lives in Hackney, east London, said: ‘There are so many reasons to dislike Trump and one of them is that he is a massive misogynist’

Actress Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey, held a banner which read ‘End Violence Against Women’

One woman took her baby along to the match in London, carrying a sign emblazoned with the words ‘fight bigotry’

Not a welcome parade: ‘Stop Trump’ demonstrators march through Oxford Circus in London

Protesters marched through Butler’s Cross, close to Chequers where the Prime Minister is meeting Trump

Protesters wearing Donald Trump and Theresa May paper mache heads join the protest in Butler’s Cross, near the Prime Minister’s country residence of Chequers

The blimp came down as The Queen was preparing to greet US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle

This map shows where protests will take place today. Thousands of people are expected for a Stop Trump march from 12pm in central London followed by a ‘Bring the Noise’ party

After the blimp went up, protesters took to the streets to denounce Trump’s UK visit for stoking ‘division along fault lines of fear and hatred’

Pots and pans were bashed and a loud chorus of ‘say it loud, say it proud – Donald Trump’s not welcome here’ erupted from the crowd against a backdrop of drumming and cheering

The colourful march began after a choir sang, the suffragette march was played on a loudspeaker and people joined in with the songs We Are Family and Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves

It was a carnival atmosphere among the crowd which included babies being pushed in prams plus men and women of different ages and races

The marchers banged out a wall of noise as they headed from London’s west end to Parliament Square in a loud carnival atmosphere of drumming and cheering

Organisers of the Women’s March London, had pledged to ‘bring the noise’ in protest and urged those taking part to bring pots and pans, drums and musical instruments

Messages on placards included ‘This is our carnival of resistance’, ‘No Fan of Fake Tan Man’, ‘How Dare You Combover here’ plus ‘Trump Stinks’ along an image of a turd emoji topped off with a golden wig

Protesters said they were united against Trump and many had put their creative caps on in a range of colourful banners

Inge Kjemtrup, chair of Democrats Abroad, said she felt it was ‘extremely exciting’ to be an American in London and seeing so many people come out in protest of the US President

Actor and writer Stephen Fry, another supporter of the march who condemned Mr Trump, had tweeted ‘Friday 13th – and a horrible visitation brings alarm, disgust and hilarity to my homeland. Wish I was there for the merry march against the Trumpalo. Join the@AmnestyUK £humanrightsnightmare bloc to protest his presence.’

A woman in whiteface and a clown’s outfit had a banner which declared ‘Clowns Against Trump’ on one side and a plea to end child detention on the other.

Inge Kjemtrup, chair of Democrats Abroad, said she felt it was ‘extremely exciting’ to be an American in London and seeing so many people come out in protest of the US President.

She said: ‘These people are objecting to Trump and his policies. His policies are anti-immigration, anti-health and harmful. They are protesting all the horrible things he is doing to divide people on all kinds of grounds such as religious.

‘We want to let overseas Americans know they should vote in the mid-terms to do something about it.’

Women’s rights activist Sadia Abdi of ActionAid Somaliland said: ‘Women have suffered enough. Violence against women is such a shameful act of cowardice. Trump and other leaders – if you condone it, commit it or remain silent, you will be held accountable.’

Actress Samantha Bond, who has played Miss Moneypenny in James Bond films, earlier tweeted her support for the march saying: ‘Donald Trump has devastated funding for women’s health in the poorest countries, refuses asylum to women fleeing domestic violence + is undermining human rights worldwide.’

Actor and writer Stephen Fry, another supporter of the march who condemned Mr Trump, had tweeted ‘Friday 13th – and a horrible visitation brings alarm, disgust and hilarity to my homeland. Wish I was there for the merry march against the Trumpalo. Join the@AmnestyUK £humanrightsnightmare bloc to protest his presence.’

Former Lib Dem deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg said he would also be among the crowds of demonstrators, writing: ‘Right, I’m going on the anti-Trump demo. I had no intention to but his crazed attacks on the EU, Nato, and WTO have changed things.

‘Plus his best UK pals are Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Piers Morgan. He dislikes everything I believe in and believes in everyone I dislike!

‘Donald Trump has every right to visit. We have every right to say he’s wrong.’

While some people got behind the protest in Parliament Square with enthusiasm, others took to social media to share their disappointment at the blimp

Trump hovers next to the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as it soars through London

Hours after he landed in London for a four-day tour of the UK, President Donald Trump says he feels ‘unwelcome’ in England’s capital and a 20ft ‘Baby Trump’ blimp made in his likeness is to blame

As the President woke up in the UK, the blimp soared in the skies above Parliament Square beside a Union Jack flag

The inflated giant blimp made headlines after London Mayor Sadiq Khan permitted the controversial balloon to be flown during Trump’s stop in the city

Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex and Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames launched a scathing attack on the blimp on Twitter 

The ‘baby Trump’ balloon has been erected in Parliament square as people take to the streets to protest President Trump’s controversial visit to the UK

The balloon floats next to the Victoria Tower at the south-west end of the Palace of Westminster

Despite the ridicule after, demonstrators voiced their support as the blimp went up.

Brett Kirchner, 25, from North Carolina, said: ‘As an American, I think it’s great. It’s a peaceful way of protesting and there are a lot of people who agree with it.

‘Back home in the States, there will be some who are very upset about this protest and who think it’s insulting. I have been asked to send photos back though, not everyone likes Trump.’

Speaking in Parliament Square, Jason Caines, 50, from Pimlico, central London, said of the Blimp: ‘It’s good. It needs to be done because he’s a bigot and a racist. He shouldn’t be president, it should have been Hillary Clinton.’

Brian Bass, 48, originally from California, who now lives in Muswell Hill, north London, added: ‘I’m just enjoying the spectacle of the blimp. I’m very excited to see people this upset on this side of the pond. It’s great that Trump is now in a country where there’s proper freedom of speech. He’s been hiding in countries where they can’t protest.’

Paul Fonseca, 23, who is originally from Mexico but now lives in Camden, north London, said: ‘I think it’s hilarious. It’s an accurate representation of his politics which are so immature. He never enters into adult discussion.’

The President proceeded to throw jabs at Mayor Khan, not only for allowing the baby blimp to fly above protests in London that are set to take place this week during his stay, but also for his criticism on Trump’s travel ban on citizens from predominately Muslim countries

Hours after he landed in London for a four-day tour of the UK, President Donald Trump said he felt ‘unwelcome’ in England’s capital and said the 20ft ‘Baby Trump’ blimp made in his likeness is to blame

A demonstrator stood in a cage in London during the visit by the America President

Protesters gathered in Westminster, London to take part in the ‘Stop Trump’ rally this morning 

Trump said that planned protests against him in London and other British cities made him feel unwelcome so he was avoiding the capital as much as possible

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

A few hundred people gathered to watch the blimp launch in Parliament Square, with organisers of the stunt wearing red boiler suits and red baseball caps emblazoned with ‘TRUMP BABYSITTER’

After counting down from 10 to 1 a cheer went up as the large balloon rose to fly around 10 metres off the ground, next to parliament and the River Thames

Organiser Daniel Jones, a charity communications officer aged 26, said they were trying to make people laugh as well as making a serious point. ‘It’s also about giving a boost to those in America resisting his policies,’ he said

One man dressed as a guerrilla and wore a Trump plastic mask, stood inside a large metal cage

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was criticised by Trump for failing to control crime and prevent militant attacks, gave his blessing for the blimp to be flown and rejected suggestions this showed a lack of respect to the U.S. president

‘The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope,’ Sadiq Khan told BBC radio, adding that a protest to welcome Trump was also planned

The Trump Big Baby inflatable Blimp is installed in Parliament Square as hundreds of people look on 

The inflated giant blimp made headlines after London Mayor Sadiq Khan permitted the controversial balloon to be flown during Trump’s stop in the city. But the balloon didn’t seem to fare so well with the president

Organiser Daniel Jones, a charity communications officer, said they were trying to make people laugh as well as making a serious point.

‘It’s also about giving a boost to those in America resisting his policies,’ the 26-year-old said.

One man dressed as a guerilla and wore a Trump plastic mask, stood inside a large metal cage.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was criticised by Trump in the Sun interview for failing to control crime and prevent militant attacks, gave his blessing for the blimp to be flown and rejected suggestions this showed a lack of respect to the U.S. president.

‘The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope,’ he told BBC radio, adding that a protest to welcome Trump was also planned.

‘We have a rich history in this country of having a sense of humour as well.’

Police guard a metal fence on a hillside overlooking Butler’s Cross, close to the Prime Minister’s country residence Chequers, which the President will visit today 

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