Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump visit: Police are beefed up to confront 100000 protesters

Trump visit: Police are beefed up to confront 100000 protesters

Trump is expected to arrive after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium and will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, meet Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, and will attend a black-tie dinner at the home of former World War Two leader Winston Churchill.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has granted permission for a giant inflatable figure depicting Mr Trump as a baby to fly over Westminster for two hours on the second day of the president's visit.

It includes "keep a low profile" and 'exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent'.

As well as in London, protests are expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff after Trump arrives on Thursday.

Similar protests are planned on Thursday evening outside the U.S. ambassador's home at Regent's Park and in Scotland when Mr Trump visits on Saturday.

It's just been announced: "Donald Trump is coming to Britain on a state visit later this year", reads a Facebook event description for a protest planned July 13-14 that has about 60,000 saying they will attend.

As well as protests in London, a rally will be held on the steps of City Hall on Friday.

Up to 50,000 people are expected to descend on the capital, with around 10,000 cops on the ground.

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"He's been very, very nice to me, very supportive", he said.

A spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in London said there was nothing political about the timing of the alert, that such warnings were routine.

However, despite the welcome from May, many Britons remain deeply opposed to Trump's visit.

On Wednesday, the Guardian newspaper reported "the United Kingdom police mobilisation for Trump's visit would be the largest since the 2011 English riots", when London was shocked by five days of violence and unrest, with wild scenes of looting and arson, met by mass deployment of 10,000 police. "That's certainly up to the people, not up to me", said Trump.

From there, Trump and his wife Melania are expected to travel to Windsor to meet Queen Elizabeth.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, from the National Police Coordination Centre, said: "Police forces are working together on a significant, multi-faceted security operation supporting the presidential visit to the UK".

He also said he might speak to Boris Johnson, who quit as foreign secretary over May's plans for a business-friendly Brexit which was only agreed by her cabinet last Friday after two years of wrangling.

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