Thousands crammed the streets of central London on Friday to vent their anger over Donald Trump’s first official visit to Britain, blowing horns, waving banners and hoisting a bright orange effigy of the US president on their shoulders.Filing past palaces of high-end commerce – Apple, Burberry, Brooks Brothers – marchers criticised Trump’s policies on immigration, climate change and torture, as well as his treatment of women.
Some carried more than one sign, unable to choose which policy they hated the most.The Reverend Nigel Sinclair, a 53-year-old Church of England preacher, came in what he called his Sunday vicar’s outfit, carrying a sign that showed how Trump’s ideas differ from those of Jesus Christ. Susie Mazur, 29, from Salisbury in southwestern England, crocheted a Donald Trump pin-cushion and wore it on her head, winning praise from fellow protesters.
“People coming here nowadays feel very hopeless about what is happening. They don’t like what is happening in the UK, in America, across the world – there are so many problems,” Mazur said. “Everyone has the same goal. What they want is to stop hate, basically.”