Thousands of people protested in central London on Tuesday against United States President Donald Trump’s pomp-laden state visit to Britain, but numbers were well down on the tens of thousands who gathered to oppose his visit last year.
Protesters shouted, banged drums and waved placards at what organizers called a “Carnival of Resistance” in Trafalgar Square while Prime Minister Theresa May held talks with Trump a short distance away at her Downing Street residence Reuters said.
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, addressed the rally, calling it “the living embodiment of what a democratic society was all about”.
Among Britons, Trump is one of the least-liked foreign leaders, with just 21 percent of people surveyed by YouGov having a positive opinion of him. Among women, that figure fell to 14 percent.
The protest’s tone was set by a large statue of Trump sitting on a golden lavatory with his trousers around his ankles. People held placards that read “Keep your tiny hands off our Queen”, “Lock him in the tower” and “Free Melania!”
Linda Coplestone, 64, a retired teacher from London, said she was protesting inaction by Trump on climate change.