Sadiq Khan defends Trump baby blimp protest near Parliament

  • Sadiq Khan defends Trump baby blimp protest near Parliament

Sadiq Khan defends Trump baby blimp protest near Parliament

The "demonstration alert" issued by the embassy also tells Americans to "exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent".

On Friday he will visit PM Theresa May at Chequers, set to be followed by a meeting with Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle. The first Labour Live event has been organised by the Labour Party. Mass protests are expected across Britain, leading police to mobilize to a degree not seen since 2011.

The US Embassy in London issued the alert ahead of Trump's arrival on Thursday after attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

Other than street marches, they include the flying a massive balloon of Trump as an angry baby from Westminster Gardens near Big Ben.

He said people would be able to spy the Trump baby "peeping over" parliament, which could make it visible on the South Bank of the Thames, over Westminster Bridge, (closest Tube Stations: Lambeth North, Waterloo).

"Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to the United Kingdom", the US embassy said in the alert on its website.

The city appears to not be the president's biggest fan - plans for a formal state visit were put on hold previous year after hundreds of thousands of people threatened to protest.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has had a number of social media spats with the president, gave permission for a blimp portraying Donald Trump as an orange, snarling baby to be flown over parliament. Coincidentally, Trump has made a decision to stay in London for only one night over his four-day visit, primarily avoiding the vibrant city.

Trump is expected to arrive after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium and will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, meet Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, and will attend a black-tie dinner at the home of former World War Two leader Winston Churchill.

May's future was thrown into question after two high-level cabinet members -including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson- resigned amid the growing chaos surrounding Brexit negotiations.

Shabbir Lakha, organizer for Together Against Trump - a coalition representing several groups - said, "We want to show our opposition to Donald Trump and everything that he represents".