Massive Donald Trump protest attracts thousands to central London

Thousands of protesters have descended on central London in a huge show of opposition to US President Donald Trump.

A large Trump Baby balloon was launched in Parliament Square this morning, depicting Trump as an angry infant wearing a nappy.

And marches are being held through the heart of the capital ahead of a rally this evening.

Thousands of protesters have poured into Trafalgar Square with hundreds of placards held aloft making statements including "Smell ya later Trump" and "Trumps are better out than in".

The US President has already said he is not visiting the capital because he does not feel welcome, but this has not stopped campaigners rallying together in a huge show of force.

At noon a Women’s March set off towards the Houses of Parliament, with banner-waving demonstrators voicing their outrage that he was invited to the UK.

Organisers claimed more than 100,000 protesters made it to the Together Against Trump march by 2.40pm.

One told the crowd gathering in the packed-out Portland Place: "We have been told by the police that there are over 100,000 people here."

Chants of "Say it loud, say it clear: Donald Trump’s not welcome here" rang out.

The march is being held ahead of a rally at Trafalgar Square from 5pm, when many Londoners clock off work for the weekend.

Dramatic pictures show huge numbers of placard-waving protesters marching down the streets of London.

Protester Faiza Shaheen said: "This is your chance to tell your children and your grandchildren that you stood up to the biggest bully of our time."

Demonstrators carried banners stating that Trump is not welcome in the UK as he makes a four-day visit.

A Stop Trump protest set off at 2pm from Portland Place, outside the BBC building, with the rally at Trafalgar Square between 5pm and 7pm expected to attract hundreds of thousands.

Sonya Sceats, chief executive of Freedom from Torture – one of the many organisations demonstrating today – told Mirror Online: “We are proud to join together with so many people to tell Donald Trump that his stance on human rights, torture and lack of compassion will not be tolerated.

"President Trump’s unabashed support for torture is immoral and devastating for survivors of torture everywhere.

"He must hear loud and clear that the UK rejects his dangerous and discredited arguments on torture.”

A spokesperson for the Stop Trump Coalition – one of the groups behind the protest, said ahead of the rally: “We are expecting hundreds of thousands of people in London wanting their voices heard because they reject the normalisation of a Trump agenda – one that is based around hate and divisiveness."

And the statement continued: "People want to send a message to everyone fighting against this politics of hate, we all stand united together, and we not allow the clock to be turned back to the darkest moments of human history.”

Organisers of the Women’s March have already said the crowds of people taking part are "unbelievable".

They reached Parliament Square at around 1.30pm.

An email from the Metropolitan Police to protesters this week, seen by the Mirror, said the number of protesters would "quite possibly be unprecedented."

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman declined to comment on the number of people taking part in today’s demonstrations.

A statement from lobby group Stand Up To Trump ahead of this afternoon’s demonstration said: “Donald Trump likes to pose as an international tough guy, but it looks like he’s too scared to face protesters in London.

"If true, this is already a huge victory for protesters. His recent separating of immigrant children from their families, locking them in cages and calling them ‘venomous snakes’ has reminded people just how dangerous and reactionary Trump is and ask why he’s still invited to come to Britain."

The President has already stoked controversy since arriving in the UK yesterday.

In comments released during a lavish black tie pro-trade dinner, Trump claimed Mrs May’s softer Brexit plan would "kill" a US-UK trade pact because it keeps EU rules on goods.

Devastatingly, he added: "I actually told Theresa May how to do it but she didn’t agree".

But the Prime Minister made a face when a US journalist asked the President if he "regretted" his comments today.

Despite throwing a hand-grenade into Brexit, the brazen President today insisted he and Theresa May had “probably never developed a better relationship” than during last night’s dinner at Blenheim Palace.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "It’s a very strange thing to do, to come on a visit to another country, to meet that country’s prime minister, and then announce that you would like to see as her successor a person who’s just resigned from her government.

"Well, Johnson resigned for the reasons that he gave, that is Johnson’s business, that is Theresa May’s business to respond to, it really isn’t anything to do with Donald Trump."

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