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What the U.S. Embassy wants Americans to do amid protests

By Sheetal Sukhija, Edinburgh News
12 Jul 2018, 07:41 GMT+10

LONDON, U.K. - With demonstrators gearing to fly their 19-foot blimp depicting Trump as an orange diaper-wearing baby on Friday, when the controversial U.S. President arrives in the country for a state visit, the U.S. Embassy in London had some advise for Americans in the country - Stay low profile.

In anticipation of the massive street protests that are planned for Trumps visit to the U.K., the U.S. Embassy has warnedAmericans to keep a low profile in the English capital.

In a memo issued this week, the U.S. Embassy in London alerted citizens to the numerous demonstrations that could attract large crowds that may be less than agreeable toward Americans.

It also recommended a list of actions to take.

It said that Americans should, Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent, keep a low profile and be aware of your surroundings.

Trumps visit to London is expected to see about 200,000 protesters taking to the streets of the capital, in protests being staged by various groups.

Further, a team of anti-Trump activists led by Leo Murray, is planning to unveil the much-hyped giant "Trump Baby" blimp into the skies above central London during the U.S. Presidents visit to the U.K.

The diaper-wearing baby blimp has also received the approval of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who had argued that his approval came as he believes the blimp is sign of a right to peaceful protest.

Trumps opposers, who have been planning mass anti-Trump marches for more than a year now are planning to stage the biggest protest march in London - which is being organized by a group called Together Against Trump.

According to the organisers of the march, which is set to take place from the center of the city to Trafalgar Square, they are expecting up to 100,000 people, including labor unions and rights groups to participate in the demonstration.

When Trump comes calling on Friday the 13th the group that had organized last years historic Womens March will be staging a rally titled Bring The Noise too.

The rally will culminate in Parliament Square, opposite the House of Commons.

One of the organizers, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, who is the founder of Women in Leadership said in a statement, Were planning a proper British welcome for Trump. Change for tolerance, justice and equality is no longer jurisdictional but global. We are our brothers and sisters keepers. I cannot stand by and be complicit through silence as intolerance, injustice and discrimination shape hostile policies, laws and environments for many. If all I have is my voice and vote, I will make them count.

Tens of thousands of people are set to attend the main Stop Trump protest on July 13 organized by left-wing commentator Owen Jones.

Trumps trip to the U.K. will comprise a meeting with the British Prime Minister Theresa May, a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and a trip to Scotland.

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