A giant balloon of a baby Trump will fly over London as a mascot for the city’s protests.
Protests are organized throughout the UK to coincide with US President Trump’s July 2018 trip. Campaign groups and trade unions have scheduled a number of demonstrations that will follow Trump across the country on his UK schedule. One London protest will even feature a giant balloon of a Trump baby, equipped with iPhone in hand, which was approved by London Mayor Sadiq Khan after $21,100 (£16,000) was raised and thousands of signatures were gathered.
“The mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms,” a spokesman for Khan said.
The giant balloon that's been dubbed "Trump baby" has been given the green light by London mayor Sadiq Khan to fly near parliament during Trump's UK visit. https://t.co/jGi7ymL4qd— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 5, 2018
“He’s a deeply insecure man, and that is the only leverage we have over him. If we want his attention, we have to do something that humiliates him,” Leo Murray, an environmental campaigner behind the balloon stunt, told The Guardian of Trump.
The balloon is due to fly on Friday morning, July 13, but protests will kick off the evening beforehand as Trump arrives. Groups will gather at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, and in Regent’s Park, London, close to where it is believed Trump will have dinner. He’s expected to stay in the city overnight at the US ambassador’s residence.
The President is then expected to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday, July 13, with the main demonstration of the trip gathering on that day at 2pm outside the BBC’s headquarters. Headed up by a group named Together Against Trump - consisting of trade unions, Stop the War, Friends of the Earth, CND and the Jeremy Corbyn-supporting grassroots group, Momentum - they expect “very large number” to attend.
“We regard it as a victory that Donald Trump does not appear to have any official engagements in London or anywhere with a large population. Instead, he will stay hidden away in country estates and castles,” a spokesperson for Together Against Trump.
Expected to visit Scotland, the birthplace of his mother, Trump will also meet with Queen Elizabeth at either Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace.
In Scotland, demonstrations are organized for Friday in Glasgow and Saturday afternoon in Edinburgh. In Edinburgh, a “carnival of resistance” against Trump is promised including such games as “Toss the welly at Trump.”