Demonstrators shouted expletives as Mr Trump passed the blimp in his limousine ‘The Beast’ on the way to meet Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street – with up to 250,000 people expected at a ‘carnival of resistance’.
Organisers wearing red jumpsuits and hats marked ‘Trump Babysitters’ had earlier launched the orange inflatable to huge cheers from onlookers, as nearby roads were sealed off and dozens of police stood guard.
Demonstrators from the Stand Up To Trump and Stop Trump groups have congregated for a rally also featuring a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who snubbed last night’s state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Mayor Sadiq Khan has let the coalition of hard-Left activists and campaigners lampoon Mr Trump with an 16ft robot tweeting on a gold toilet and a 20ft baby blimp which also appeared during his previous visit in July 2018.
Protesters hope to paralyse parts of London in protest at the visit after laying on coaches to bring thousands of supporters to the capital amid claims of a huge march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.
But a protest outside Buckingham Palace promising to ‘wreck’ a royal banquet hosted in Mr Trump’s honour last night was a damp squib and attracted just 300 supporters who chanted ‘Donald Trump’s not welcome here’.
However, organisers said today’s rally could be ‘the biggest demonstration in British history’, despite the Iraq war protest in London in February 2003 attracting more than a million people.
Protests are also planned in Birmingham, Stoke, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, C