Protesters flood London streets as Trump meets Theresa May


LONDON — Tens of thousands of protesters assembled in the streets of London Tuesday in protest at President Donald Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom.

It is the largest of more than two dozen anti-Trump protests planned around the U.K. this week as he makes a historic state visit. Trump spent Monday meeting the Queen, insulting London’s mayor, and toasting his hosts (without controversy) at a lavish banquet at Buckingham Palace. On Tuesday he met British business leaders and will hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May.

“Let’s show him what we think of his divisive, hateful policies,” said the Stop Trump Coalition, which is organizing Tuesday’s protest. “Trump and his politics aren’t welcome in the U.K.”

Demonstrators take part in an anti-Trump protest in London, Britain, June 4, 2019.Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

Douglas Gray, 71, from Brentford, a suburb of west London, was holding a sign saying: “Is Trump fit to save brave yanks who died saving our arse?”

“The fact that Trump is over here commemorating D-Day is just so wrong,” the retired electrician said.

“He’s a poor representative for America. I’m not very political but the man just comes across as a fool. I’m sorry for the poor souls who died over here.”

“I think he’s the worst American president at least since Richard Nixon,” said Tom Rivers, 78, a retiree from north London. “There’s a long list of things that I think any rational European is entitled to be dismayed about.”

He and his wife Isabel Rivers, 75, lived in the U.S. for four years. “We are absolutely not anti-American at all,” she said.

As grey skies gave way to spits of rain, the protesters were undimmed, chanting “say it loud, say it clear, Donald trump’s not welcome here.” A diverse crowded included many colorful anti-Trump banners and flags, many simply urging the U.S. public to “dump Trump.”

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