Jun 04, 2019 09:03 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jan 09, 2020 11:13 Asia/Tehran]

Thousands of demonstrators lined the streets of London on Tuesday, to protest against the controversial visit of US President Donald Trump, as huge protests provided an unwelcome distraction for the British government.

Iran Press /Europe: The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn who refused to attend a state banquet on Monday evening for Donald Trump, said he will join crowds to stand in solidarity with those Trump has attacked in America, around the world and including in Britain.

Meanwhile, a huge police and security operation was under way on Tuesday morning, with protesters barred from demonstrating directly outside Downing Street and road closures in parts of Westminster, reported Iran Press.

Organisers of 'Together Against Trump' protest have billed the day a 'carnival of resistance', with demonstrators gathering at Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning to declare a “Trump-free zone”.

Protesters in London also gathered outside Buckingham Palace to demonstrate against the Donald Trump state visit.

Climate change activists, students, pacifists, trade union members and families have all gathered in London for a large anti-Trump rally.

Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry confirmed their attendance.

The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady will also speak to the rally.

Demonstrators will not be permitted to march past Downing Street as part of Whitehall will be closed off, the Metropolitan Police confirmed. Organisers had initially planned to demonstrate outside the entrance to Downing Street as Trump held talks with Theresa May at Number 10. 

Scotland Yard said: “Protesters will not be marching past Downing Street at any point". Over 10000 police officers have been deployed in London to control protesters who are arriving in large numbers to take part in anti-Trump protests in London.

Protests are also planned in many other cities across Britain, including Birmingham, Sheffield, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, Leicester, Oxford and Exeter.

British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt after welcoming Donald Trump officially in an interview with CNN said: "Differences between Washington and London remain. On some issues such as climate change and Iran nuclear deal, London and Washington remain at odds."


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