US embassy issue advisory for its citizens in London
LONDON - In an unusual move, the United States embassy in London has warned American citizens in the United Kingdom to “keep a low profile” during the high-profile visit of President Donald Trump during which many anti-Trump demonstrations would be held.
Protests are expected against Trump, whose policies — including a travel ban on a number of predominantly Muslim countries, detention of child migrants on the US-Mexico border and imposition of tariffs on EU steel and aluminium exports — have all been criticised by the UK.
There are fears that demonstrations during Trump’s three-day visit to the UK from Thursday could turn violent.
The largest demonstration is expected in central London on Friday where a giant “Trump baby” balloon will fly close to Parliament after being given the go-ahead by London mayor Sadiq Khan.
A statement on the US embassy website warns US citizens to “be aware of your surroundings (and) exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent”.
It noted that numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, surrounding the visit of the President.
“Several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with those events,” the statement said.
The US embassy’s alert to American citizens was an unusual step, CNN reported.
As well as in London, protests are expected to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff after Trump arrives here on Thursday.
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.
There are also plans for protestors to gather close to the US ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park, where Trump and his wife, Melania, will stay overnight on Thursday.
On Friday, demonstrators are expected to gather near Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence, where May and Trump will hold a working lunch.
The biggest protest will take place in central London on Friday when thousands are expected to take to the streets to join the “Stop Trump” march.