Coach trips to London planned so Norwich people can protest when US president Donald Trump visits
PUBLISHED: 15:46 06 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:53 06 May 2018
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Protesters from Norwich are planning to give United States president Donald Trump the “biggest welcome” when he visits the UK in the summer.
The Norwich branch of Stand Up To Racism is organising coaches to London so that critics of the president can join the protests expected to accompany his visit to the capital on Friday, July 13.
At a recent city rally in support of the Windrush generation - the children of Commonwealth citizens who had been threatened with deportation from the UK because of a lack of paperwork - Stand Up To Racism’s Mary Littlefield, said Norwich would join the protests in the capital.
She said: “We are going to be organising coaches to say to Donald Trump that he is not welcome here, and that racism is not welcome here.
“We are going to be giving him the biggest welcome we can. He doesn’t like people complaining, so we are going to be complaining.”
Mr Trump’s visit, which is expected to see him meet the Queen, will be a ‘working visit’ rather than a full-blown state occasion, although full details have yet to be announced.
But it will provide prime minister Theresa May with an opportunity to highlight the importance of a “special relationship” between the UK and US and push for the prize of a trade deal after Brexit.
Mr Trump cancelled a planned trip to London to open the new US embassy earlier this year, complaining the move south of the Thames had been a “bad deal”. The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, has said Mr Trump would “definitely” be coming to London, despite the warnings of likely demonstrations.
The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up To Trump groups are planning a one-off national demonstration under the banner of Together Against Trump.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had said it was “fantastic news” that Mr Trump was making the trip “at last” and it would be the “greatest visit ever”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has clashed with the president over the response to a terror attack in the capital, said: “If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear”.