Protesters are starting to gather in London at Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, where the “Trump Baby” blimp has been inflated.
“Yes it’s fun, but there’s a serious message behind this,” Shaista Aziz, one of the organizers from the Stop Trump Coalition, told CNN. “We strongly object to the US administration’s policies on climate change, on climate denial, on women’s reproductive rights, on racism, on white supremacy.”
Auriel Granville, 76, was mingling among the crowds dressed as the State of Liberty — or, as her sign read, the “Statue of Taking Liberties.” She told CNN she was there to voice her opposition to US President Donald Trump’s climate change denial.
Other activists have come dressed as gorillas, with signs reading that they “only eat chlorinated chicken” — a nod to concerns in Britain that a post-Brexit trade deal with the US would mean a decline in food standards for imported produce.
“Trump is a big follower of Brexit. Trump is very, very keen on Brexit for his means, and not for this country,” one protester from Devon, in southwest England, told CNN.
Kaya Mar, a 64-year-old British artist, said he had been thinking of CNN’s Jim Acosta as he painted the artwork he brought to the protest — an image of Trump’s head on a snake, strangling a pen.
“Trump is strangling the free press. Strangling the European Union, is strangling the British way of life, is strangling parliament,” Mar said.