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In London, tens of thousands of people demonstrate against Trump’s arrival

Donald Trump, who came to meet the British Prime Minister and the Queen, began a highly supervised visit to the United Kingdom on Thursday 12 July. Tens of thousands of people marched loudly through the streets of London Friday afternoon against his coming. A “carnival of resistance” against the American president judged “misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic”.
“DumpTrump”, or “Even my mother, who loves everyone, can’t frame you,” could be read on the signs and banners brandished by the participants. “No to Trump, no to the KKK, no to fascist America! “they sang as they descended under a shining sun down Oxford Street’s main commercial artery to Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the British capital.

Our London correspondent, Philippe Bernard, visited the site:

 

 

 

The London demonstration, divided into two marches, one by women and the other by a coalition of organisations, was the culmination of the protest movement against Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom. This had been delayed for a long time for fear of the reaction of the detractors of the American president, ulcerated at the idea that their country would roll out the red carpet for him.

Demonstrators fly a blimp portraying U.S. President Donald Trump, in Parliament Square, during the visit by Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in London, Britain July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“Misogynist, chauvinistic, homophobic, xenophobic”
“Donald Trump is misogynist, chauvinist, homophobic, xenophobic and promotes bigotry,” said Georgina Rose, 42, a participant in the “March of Women. Passing 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister’s residence, demonstrators whistled at Theresa May, who had been the first foreign leader to travel to Washington to meet Trump after her inauguration in early 2017.

Dawn, 49, came with her 11-year-old daughter, Sadie. “Trump is the man with the greatest ego at the controls of the greatest power in the world. He has no idea what the world needs,” said the mother. Twenty or so drag queen artists took part in the show, including Joey “Bourgeoisie” Frenette, 27, from Washington and settled in the United Kingdom for eight years: “I think he embodies a particularly negative representation of what America must give to the world. »

More unusual: in the morning, a giant balloon representing a Trump in a diaper floated near Parliament, an initiative that received the green light from the mayor of London, Labourer Sadiq Khan, the object of numerous verbal attacks by the American president.

“As an American, I think it’s great. This is a peaceful way to protest,” said Brett Kirchner, 25, from North Carolina on the U.S. east coast. Even if, as he agreed, “there will be people in the United States who are very upset by this protest and who think it is insulting.

However, the route of the demonstrators kept Mr Trump away from the protests. After meeting with Mrs May, Mr Trump had an appointment with his wife Melania at Windsor Palace, some 30 kilometres west of London, for tea with Queen Elizabeth II.

Earlier in the day, the President of the United States had made a sensational entrance on British soil by supporting, in an interview at the tabloid The Sun, the detractors of the Prime Minister in favour of a clean break with the European Union in the Brexit negotiations.

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