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Campaigners vow to ‘flood the capital with protesters’ during Trump's state visit

CAMPAIGNERS have vowed to launch huge protests following the announcement today that US President Donald Trump will make a state visit to Britain.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Mr Trump and his wife Melania will visit the Queen in a three-day trip from June 3.

The Stop Trump coalition promised to “flood the capital with hundreds of thousands of protesters” as part of a Together Against Trump demonstration.

Stop Trump Coalition spokeswoman Shaista Aziz said: “This demonstration isn’t just about Trump as one man.

“He is a symbol of the new far right, a politics of Islamophobia and anti-semitism, of war and conflict, and walls and fences that are growing around the world.

“We are fighting against the British government’s own disgraceful ‘hostile environment’ policies, as well as Trump’s border wall.

“It is time for everyone who opposes this politics of hate and bigotry to stand up and be counted.”

Huge protests were mobilised on July 13 year when Mr Trump’s state visit was downgraded to a working visit in the face of widespread opposition.

The demonstration saw 250,000 people march in London and tens of thousands in 50 towns and cities across the country.

Campaigners predict the upcoming action will see big numbers given that the mobilisation is taking place against the backdrop of the school climate strikes and Extinction Rebellion action.

Stand Up To Trump spokeswoman Sabby Dhalu said: “Donald Trump is the world’s number one racist, warmonger and misogynist, with no solution to the global economic crisis.

“His presidency has emboldened every fascist and racist across the globe and is stirring up tension in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

“A formal state visit to Britain in June must be met with widespread opposition.”

Mr Trump will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May during the trip and attend a ceremony in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Ms May said: “The state visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead.”

Stop the War also condemned the decision to invite Mr Trump and vowed to return to the streets in June’s protest.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said: “It beggars belief that on the very same day Donald Trump is threatening to veto a UN resolution against the use of rape as a weapon of war, Theresa May is pressing ahead with her plans to honour him with a state visit to the UK.

“This is a president who has systematically assaulted all the shared values that unite our two countries and, unless Theresa May is finally going to stand up to him and object to that behaviour, she has no business wasting taxpayers’ money on all the pomp, ceremony and policing costs that will come with this visit.”


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