There is a huge protests across the UK as people take to the streets against Donald Trump’s visit. The ‘Trump Baby’ blimp has already risen above Parliament Square, with people gathering beneath it already before the march at 2pm. Donald Trump will fly into further protests when he arrives in Scotland. The US president is due to travel to Scotland this evening after meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle, with several demonstrations planned to coincide with the private Scottish leg. Campaigners will demonstrate against Trump administration policies, including the travel ban and separation and detention of migrant children and their families at the Mexico-US border.
Senior political figures, including Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and former government minister and current SNP depute leader Keith Brown, will make speeches telling demonstrators that Mr Trump is not welcome in Scotland and the country stands united against him. Planned protests include a rally in Glasgow’s George Square on Friday and a national demonstration at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh the following day, along with a “Carnival of Resistance” in the Meadows area of the capital. Campaigners will also gather outside the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, on Saturday, and it is predicted there could be further demonstrations at Trump Turnberry where the president is expected to play golf.
Mr Brown, due to speak at the Glasgow rally, said: ‘Scotland today stands united – with people from all backgrounds and all nations – against Donald Trump. ‘We will send a message to Donald Trump that Scotland rejects the abhorrent treatment of little children on the US-Mexican border. ‘Scotland opposes his attempt to wreck the Paris Climate Agreement and his vilification of Muslims. We also oppose his barbaric language and treatment of women.’
Speaking in Parliament Square this morning, Jason Caines, 50, from Pimlico, central London, said of the baby blimp: ‘It’s good. It needs to be done because he’s a bigot and a racist. He shouldn’t be president, it should have been Hillary Clinton.
Brian Bass, 48, originally from California, who now lives in Muswell Hill, north London, added: ‘I’m just enjoying the spectacle of the blimp. ‘I’m very excited to see people this upset on this side of the pond. It’s great that Trump is now in a country where there’s proper freedom of speech. He’s been hiding in countries where they can’t protest.’ Paul Fonseca, 23, – who is originally from Mexico but now lives in Camden, north London – said: ‘I think it’s hilarious. It’s an accurate representation of his politics which are so immature. He never enters into adult discussion.’