Massive anti-Trump demonstrations in Britain

This 13 July 2018 video from England is called Anti Trump March London July 13 2018.

This video says about itself:

Anti-Trump protests take over London

Thousands of women marched in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. on July 13. The march paraded down Regent Street, through Piccadilly, onto Trafalgar Square finishing up at Parliament Square.

This Canadian TV video says about itself:

Anti-Trump protests put Theresa May in awkward spot

12 July 2018

Anti-Trump protests greeted the U.S. president in London, putting Prime Minister Theresa May in a tough spot. Much of Britain has
voiced their opposition to Trump’s visit.

This video from London, England says about itself:

Trump UK visit met with mass protests

13 July 2018

RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports from Westminster where the Donald J. Trump baby balloon has been flown ahead of mass protests expected in London today.

By Chris Marsden in Britain:

Mass protests against Trump’s UK visit

14 July 2018

The huge protests in London and elsewhere in the UK yesterday were an outpouring of anger and revulsion against US President Donald Trump.

Organisers estimated a quarter of a million flooded into Trafalgar Square and surrounding streets. Police admit over 100,000. Tens of thousands also protested in major cities such as Manchester, Sheffield and Glasgow.

This was the first opportunity for workers in Europe to express their own views on the US president, after a week he spent threatening the European powers with trade war and demanding they speed up their own ongoing rearmament.

And whereas Europe’s rulers bemoaned their wounded pride at Trump’s pointed insults while seeking to maintain working relations, the UK protests prove that millions upon millions of workers despise Trump and everything he stands for—the enrichment of the billionaires, gutting of welfare provision, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim racism and naked warmongering.

There is no doubt that Trump’s trip to Europe played its part in galvanising yesterday’s protests, including his xenophobic outburst in the Sun against immigrants and immigration destroying British and European culture.

Prime Minister Theresa May invited Trump to visit, despite more than a million people signing a petition in opposition. She hoped to secure his support for a US trade deal post-Brexit, promising the president at Blenheim Palace “an opportunity to tear down the bureaucratic barriers that frustrate business leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Instead, in the pages of the Sun Trump treated her with naked scorn for daring to seek a continued relationship with the European Union, publicly savaging her just as he had German Chancellor Angela Merkel. All while his fascist attack dog, Steve Bannon, organised meetings with far-right figures at his Mayfair hotel …

But the nationwide protests gave only a very partial expression to the opposition that exists to Trump. He complained that he had been made to feel “unwelcome” in London. But had anyone called for strikes and boycotts of his visit, then Trump would have been sent packing.

No one made such a call—neither the trade unions, nor Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn spoke at Trafalgar Square, gave press interviews and made a video castigating Trump for his abuses of immigrants and attacks on human rights. But he made sure to declare, “We are committed to dialogue, including of course with those we strongly disagree with and in government we would find a way to work with his administration while also standing up for our values.”

What does such a statement signify? That in office Labour would seek to work with Trump because he represents US imperialism. …

The character of the political establishment’s nominal opposition to Trump was spelt out in the Guardian’s editorial. Supporting the protests, it contrasted Trump’s trip with the very first visit by a US president to Europe, Woodrow Wilson, in the aftermath of World War I, “to make peace in war-ravaged Europe and to lead the construction of a liberal international order based on laws and rights.” But it did so without offering any explanation for Trump’s rise to the presidency and to insist that the European powers continue to represent a shining beacon for these same values.

“Mr Trump’s America can no longer be regarded with certainty as a reliable ally for European nations committed to the defence of liberal democracy”, it declared, while columnist Jonathan Freedland insisted that Britons “need to decide where we stand on what is emerging as the defining global divide.” With the EU or “with the world of Putin, Viktor Orbán and Trump… in which you either screw or get screwed…”

Dear Mr Freedland: Hungarian Viktor Orbán, the most racist head of government in Europe, stands ‘with the European Union’. His far-right party is a ‘respected’ member of the ‘Christian Democrat’ European People’s Party, the most influential political party in the European Union. During the Brexit referendum in Britain, Viktor Orbán paid for ‘open letter’ advertisements in the Daily Express and other British media, urging British voters to vote Yes to the European Union.

There is a political gulf between such apologists for the British and European imperialist powers and the great mass of working people and youth. They have been subject to savage austerity by Europe’s governments and have seen them eviscerate democratic freedoms and collectively preside over the treatment of refugees every bit as brutal as Trump, while boasting of their own rearmament programmes and turn to militarism.

The stench of fascism hovering over Trump and his Mafia-like shakedown of May and other European leaders is not an issue of an aberrant personality. Rather, his boorishness and brutality is the embodiment of all the violent characteristics of American imperialism in the period of its decline.

Whether led by Trump and the Republicans, or Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, the US will stop at nothing to preserve global political, economic and military domination. Indeed, Trump’s ascent to power confirm the prescience of Leon Trotsky’s insistence that “In the period of crisis the hegemony of the United States will operate more completely, more openly, and more ruthlessly than in the period of boom.”

One hundred years ago, in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson came to Europe, holding aloft his “Fourteen Points” presenting himself and America as the savior of “democracy, universal brotherhood and peace.” There was no small element of deceit and hypocrisy in the pretensions of Wilson, but the ascent of American imperialism endowed the president’s proclamations with a certain credibility. Wilson, a former university president, was even able to articulate the ambitions of US imperialism with considerable eloquence.

But a century later, the grotesque figure of Trump lumbers across Europe, threatening one and all with “offers that can’t be refused”. The differences in appearance, culture, demeanor and language reflect different stages in the historical trajectory of American imperialism. Wilson represented the ascent of the United States. Trump personifies its descent and putrefaction.

The same processes—the deepening economic crisis of world capitalism, the ferocious struggle to control the world’s markets and resources—also drives the European powers to respond in kind to the US challenge. Above all Trump, May, Merkel, Macron and the rest share the same basic hostility to the working class, who must be made to pay for the trade and military war through the destruction of their jobs and living standards.

A genuine movement against the societal promotion of inequality, nationalism, xenophobia, militarism and war that has become associated with the name Donald J. Trump demands the unification of the British, European, American and international working class against the imperialist world order and all its governments. It means the building of a new leadership to take forward the fight for a socialist alternative based on equality, internationalism and peace.

Facing up to Trump and his policies. Matt Willgress reports on an upcoming major Labour left festival of ideas which will look at how we can better campaign for a better world for the many. Thousands of people will protest today and over this week against Theresa May rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump. Even though over 1.8 million people signed a petition against Trump being given a state visit to Britain only last year, the increasingly isolated Prime Minister has put on a visit for Trump which is a state visit in all but name, with a meeting with the Queen included in the itinerary: here.

This video says about itself:

Massive Protests in the UK Against Donald Trump’s Visit

13 July 2018

Massive protests against US President Donald Trump visit to the UK have been organized in 25 cities across the country. Tens of thousands of people are taking part in the demonstrations. We were joined on the phone, live from the protest in London by Mohammed Ateek, from the Stop Trump Coalition.

Prime Minister May assures Trump over trade deal with US: here.

This 13 July 2018 video is called Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an “Idiot” for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain.

This 13 July 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Piers Morgan got owned on his own show. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Brooke Thomas, and Ben Mankiewicz, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“President Donald Trump said Friday that immigrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum in Europe are changing “the fabric of Europe. … And I don’t mean that in a positive way.” Trump’s xenophobic comments came during a shocking interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid The Sun. Massive protests have greeted President Trump during his two-day trip to Britain—including a 20-foot-long giant baby Trump blimp outside Parliament. We go to the streets of London to speak with Ash Sarkar, the anti-Trump coalition organizer who confronted Piers Morgan during a “Good Morning Britain” interview Thursday that went viral.”

Read more here.

This 13 July 2018 video is called In U.K., Trump Insults Theresa May, Praises Far-Right Boris Johnson, Attacks London’s Muslim Mayor.

Trump has desperately turned on his allies to try to force them to accept the full impact of the developing crisis of capitalism, so as to avoid a socialist revolution at home. The ‘bully’ is terrified of the US working class! He has a truly desperate policy for the truly desperate state of world capitalism: here.

Demonstration outside the US Embassy in London demanding that Guantanamo Bay is shut down

ON WEDNESDAY, July 11, lawyers representing eight long-term detainees at Guantánamo Bay argued in federal court that the US government cannot continue to detain the prisoners there forever, immune to judicial review. The mass habeas corpus motion, filed on the men’s behalf by Reprieve, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and other counsel, argues that their indefinite detention, based on President Donald Trump’s proclamation that he will not release anyone from Guantánamo, is arbitrary and unlawful: here.

This 13 July 2018 video from the USA is called White House: We Can Keep You At Gitmo [Guantánamo Bay] “For 100 Years” With No Trial.

4 thoughts on “Massive anti-Trump demonstrations in Britain

  1. HURRICANE Trump heads off to Helsinki this weekend, having swept through Brussels, London, the surrounding shires and secluded estates in Scotland.

    In its wake lies a trail of threats, insults, lies and smears.

    The US president has berated successive German governments, embarrassed Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg and undermined Prime Minister Theresa May.

    In principle, there’s nothing wrong with any of that.

    But his beef with Germany and other European members of Nato is that they are not spending enough to feed the mighty US armaments industry, preferring instead to invest in civilian projects that enhance the competitiveness of their own multinational corporations.

    Not only has he lambasted western European governments for failing to spend 2 per cent of GDP on armaments — he called for that Nato target to be doubled to 4 per cent.

    It is no coincidence that Trump attacked Germany for its comparatively low level of military spending at the very time when the Berlin government has to decide where to place a massive contract to replace its ageing 85 Tornado fighter jets.

    The plane is specially adapted to carry US nuclear warheads and only three armaments corporations can build a replacement in time: the Eurofighter consortium of German, British and Italian companies or US giants Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

    There are no prizes for guessing where Trump wants the work to go, conscious that the White House ultimately has the power to decide who can carry US nuclear warheads and who cannot.

    The whole squalid story eloquently makes the case for Britain to disentangle itself from Nato.

    The lop-sided alliance was founded on the lie that a devastated Soviet Union, surrounded by US military bases, might invade western Europe at any moment after burying its 26 million war dead.

    Today, Nato needs more lies and scares about foreign threats to justify not only its existence but its expansion into a worldwide web of “global partners” from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to Australia and now Colombia.

    As a result of the Amsterdam and Lisbon treaties, the EU is the second but junior spider at the centre of this web, committed to militarisation and a Common Foreign and Defence Policy that will “contribute to the vitality of a renewed Nato.”

    The EU has taken over Nato’s Western European Union apparatus, running its satellite centre as well as an armaments force and the European Defence Agency.

    But while the EU is a subservient military ally of US imperialism, Europe’s big capitalist corporations and their states are also rivals

    Not surprisingly, then, Trump promotes a strategy of divide and rule wherever possible.

    He holds out the prospect of free trade deals to Britain and France, with the intention of fracturing the EU bloc and extending US exports and investments.

    Like the EU, he favours neoliberal policies which open up markets, privatise public-sector industries and services and enable corporations to take elected governments to court should they stand in the way of profits.

    Where the EU has constructed “Fortress Europe” to liberate capital and exploit migrant labour while discriminating against non-Europeans, so Trump is consolidating “Fortress America.”

    The workers and peoples of Britain will not prosper under any kind of neoliberal regime, whether inside the EU single market or outside in a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) style free-trade agreement with the US.

    What is needed urgently is a left-led Labour government outside the EU, free to implement policies which put the people’s interests above those of profits and war.


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