Thousands of demonstrators have began to converge in central London on Friday morning, intent on mocking U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit on what has been dubbed a “working visit” to the United Kingdom.
The centre of the anti-Trump protests on Friday, which include several organized marches by varying groups is a giant balloon depicting the U.S. leader as an angry, screaming orange baby in a diaper, clutching a cell phone with Twitter on the screen.
The “Trump baby balloon, will be flown high over Parliament Square in London, but Trump is spending the day away from the center of the British capital, in meetings with Prime Minster Theresa May and then later with Queen Elizabeth II.
Leo Murray, who calls himself “Trump baby’s” daddy, told that the 20-foot-high protest balloon design was chosen deliberately because Mr. Trump, “is uniquely vulnerable to personal insults, so we just got right down at his level, to speak to him in a language that he understands.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has clashed for months on Twitter with Mr. Trump, had to give the final approval for “Trump baby” to fly. Mr. Trump has acknowledged that he feels unwelcome in the British capital.
Tens of thousands are expected to march in protest of the American leader’s visit to the U.K., his policies on issues ranging from immigration and race relations to women and climate change.
Public anger over Mr. Trump’s visit has already had consequences. Just a week after his inauguration, Prime Minister Theresa May invited the president for a state visit, the type of event that normally includes glittering horse-drawn carriages and a state dinner hosted by the monarch.
This is not the grand visit he was originally promised, it is a much delayed, much diminished “working visit,” most of it planned for outside of central London, where the protesters have prepared their own special welcome.