TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Protesters in London inflated an orange blimp depicting Donald Trump as a snarling, nappy-wearing baby on Wednesday, a trial run ahead of a planned flight during the US president’s state visit to Britain next month.
The US president is due in Britain on June 3-5 for a state visit – a pomp-laden affair involving a carriage trip through London and a banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Britain’s so-called special relationship with the United States is one of the enduring alliances of the past century, but some British voters see Trump as crude, volatile and opposed to their values on issues ranging from global warming to his treatment of women.
The blimp greeted Trump when he visited Britain in 2018, in what he described as an attempt to make him feel unwelcome.
The team behind the giant inflatable said they would let it fly again if a crowdfunding campaign can raise 30,000 pounds for groups backing causes from climate action to women’s rights.
In a park in central London, protesters – who cast themselves as “Trump babysitters” – inflated the six-meter (20 foot) tall balloon, Reuters Reported.
London’s mayor Sadiq Khan gave permission for to the blimp to fly next to the Palace of Westminster in central London during Trump’s previous visit, provoking anger from the US president’s supporters who said it was an insult to the leader of Britain’s closest ally.