In an alert issued on Tuesday, the US Embassy in London is warning Americans of possible violence during President Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK.
Eek! What’s the situation?
Widespread protests are being planned across Britain to take place while the US president is in the country. In an effort to prepare and warn Americans ahead of the demonstrations, the US Embassy is encouraging its citizens to take extra precautions.
The alert lists the following actions to take:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent.
- Keep a low profile.
- Monitor local media for updates.
With tens of thousands of Brits signed up to take part in the protests of President Trump’s policies, the embassy further warned that “several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with these events.”
What are all these protests about?
It’s all about “the resistance.” Environmentalist groups, trade unions, refugee advocates and other interest groups are teaming up to try and make the president’s visit as uncomfortable as possible.
Even a “Trump baby” blimp will fly with approval from London’s mayor.
Although protests against US policies aren’t a new thing, those planned during Trump’s visit are also targeted toward him personally.
Shabbir Lakha, organizer for Together Against Trump — a coalition representing several groups — said, “We want to show our opposition to Donald Trump and everything that he represents.”
News editor Gordon Robertson of The Daily Record said, “We have a great respect for the office of the president and affection for American presidents, but not the incumbent.” Robertson called President Trump “a threat to international stability,” and added that “he has a tenuous relationship with the truth. We want to let him know that we don’t appreciate what he stands for.”