London awaits Trump's visit, braces for protests

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A 20-foot-tall blimp depicting President Trump as a cartoon baby stands inflated in London's Bingfield Park.

More than 50,000 people have signed up to demonstrate in London on Friday when protesters intend to fly a large balloon over parliament portraying Trump as an orange, snarling baby although a counter-gathering to welcome him is also planned. She's planning to attend anti-Trump protests.

But Donald Trump is not just any leader.

"We are confident that there will be huge demonstrations against Trump wherever he visits", said Chris Nineham, of the Stop the War Coalition, which is helping to stage the so-called "carnival of protest".

The Embassy in London notes that the majority of the demonstrations will take place in central London on Friday, with other events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Saturday.

There are fears that demonstrations during Trump's three-day visit to the United Kingdom from Thursday could turn violent.

While the many thousands are expected to line the streets and protest against Trump, politicians have become involved too.

The US president has angered many in Britain in the last two years with a series of actions and pronouncements.

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The U.S. Embassy in London alerted American citizens there to "exercise caution" and "keep a low profile".

The President and First Lady will then travel to Windsor Castle to meet The Queen.

"I get along with her very well, I have very good relations". "It's really kind of irrelevant to what we're trying to do, and doesn't express the opinion of the British people that I've met", he told the BBC's Today programme.

A small demonstration is expected to take place near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday, the venue for Trump's black-tie dinner with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Speaking at an impromptu press conference after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels Trump said the British people shared his concerns on immigration, claiming "that's why Brexit happened".

Temporary signs indicate road closures around the US ambassador's residence, where special fences have been erected prior to the USA presidential visit at the end of the week, in Regent's Park in London, Britain, July 10, 2018.

Later, Trump will take tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, a home to the royals for 1,000 years, part of a tour created to keep him away from protesters.

On Saturday, Trump supporters will rally near the United States embassy in Vauxhall, south London, for an event titled "Welcoming Trump to Britain Rally - Make Britain Great Again", at which a number of right-wing figures are scheduled to speak.

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