6 July 2018Hot off the Press
A gigantic balloon effigy depicting US President Donald Trump as an angry baby has been given the green light by the Greater London Authority to fly over the city’s Parliament Square during his visit to the United Kingdom next week.
Permission has been granted to protesters to raise the balloon opposite the Houses of Parliament for two hours on the morning of Friday 13 July.
Activist Leo Murray said that the Greater London Authority “originally told us that they didn’t recognise Trump baby as a legitimate protest.”
“But,” he said, “following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humour.
“Trump baby will fly.”
Fellow activist Nona Hurkmans said that the protesters “are just a small group of friends who set out to use humour to take a stand against the rise of racist and fascist politics” in Britain and the United States.
“We have been genuinely overwhelmed and touched by the incredible levels of support we have received for our project,” Ms Hurkmans said.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been embroiled in a long-standing war of words over issues such as crime and terrorism.
In a statement issued on behalf of Mr Khan, he said that he “supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms”.
The President is expected to arrive in London on the evening of 12 July, the night before the protest. He will meet with the Queen at Windsor, and hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.