Anti-Trump protests blocking roads in London
Hundreds of people descended on Trafalgar Square, blocking roads to protest against the Nato alliance and Donald Trump's UK visit.
According to Reuters, as NATO leaders convene in Buckingham Palace in London to mark the alliance's 70th anniversary at the Heads of State summit on Tuesday evening, crowds voiced their fury over increased defense spending, the development of nuclear weapons and what many see as Trump's destructive influence on UK politics.
Thousands of protesters marched from Trafalgar Square to the royal residence, where the British Queen is hosting a reception for NATO leaders. They came out to protest against a host of issues, including the inclusion of the National Health Service in UK-US trade talks, Trump's policy in the Middle East, an increase in NATO defense spending and what many see as a destructive "special relationship" between the UK and US.
Demonstrators who rallied against Trump visit and NATO held signs saying "cut war, not healthcare", "stop Trump's nuclear arms race", "stop arming Erdogan", and "Trump - special relationship? Just say no".
Several UK politicians, including opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, have accused Trump of interfering in Britain's upcoming election after Trump called into a radio show hosted by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on November 1, urging the far-right figure to forge an alliance with Johnson in pursuit of Brexit.
Anti-Trump protests were also held in London during the US president's first and second visits to the UK, in 2018 and 2019.
Some protesters also opposed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who, in their opinion, has been serving the interests of the United States and not Britain.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump arrived at Buckingham Palace after having tea with Prince Charles. Rush-hour traffic had meant the president and first lady, Melania Trump, arrived for their Clarence House tea with Prince Charles and Camilla 40 minutes later than expected. When asked why he was late, Trump replied he got stuck in London's traffic. 101/211/219