Mass British anti-Trump protests downgrade state visit

This video from Britain says about itself:

Maz Saleem speaking at ‘No to Trump’s wars, Stop nuclear confrontation’ rally outside the US embassy in London on 19/4/2017 called by Stop the War Coalition & CND, filmed by Husain Akhtar.

By Jon Sharman in Britain today:

Donald Trump has state visit to UK downgraded ‘and will not be guest of the Queen’

Downgrade comes after threats of mass protests by opponents

Donald Trump’s planned state visit to the UK has been downgraded to a “working visit”, likely forming part of a multi-country tour, it has been reported.

It means the billionaire will not be a guest of the Queen, as was previously envisaged.

Theresa May‘s offer of a state visit to the first-term President was greeted with the threat of mass protests by opponents.

Mr Trump’s [2018] visit will now take place without the glitz and pomp of a full state visit, the Evening Standard reported.

A state visit was also opposed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who said he was “not sure it is appropriate for our government to roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump.

Hundreds of thousands of people had signed a petition against the plan.

During the summer, the White House denied reports that Mr Trump wanted to delay his visit until he could be sure of a better reception, following a phone call with Theresa May.

The President’s spokesman said: “The subject never came up.”

At the time, Downing Street maintained there had been “no change” to plans for a state visit.

On Wednesday, Theresa May‘s office declined to comment on the claim of a downgrade, and said its position on the state visit had not changed. The offer had been extended, accepted by Mr Trump, and no dates had been arranged.

The Prime Minister extended her invitation in January, shortly after Mr Trump’s inauguration. She was the first world leader to visit the new president in Washington.

‘Working visit’ or no ‘working visit’, queen or no queen, there should be big demonstrations against Trump’s policies when he arrives in Britain.

From the Stand Up to Trump coalition in Britain:

Theresa May and Donald Trump have announced Trump will be visiting the UK …

When the date is announced, we will be organising mass protests to oppose Trump’s racism, sexism and bigotry.

We believe our government should not be seen to be endorsing the sorts of ideas and policies he is putting forward, and we want to build the broadest possible alliance against him.

Join our protest to tell Trump his racism and bigotry isn’t welcome in the UK.

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