Trump UK visit: What it's like to follow the anti-president protest for three days

The Independent joined demonstrators for each day of the president's trip

Maya Yagoda
Thursday 06 June 2019 12:58
Trump’s UK visit: Following the protests for three days

Donald Trump was greeted by royals, politicians, D-Day veterans and tens of thousands of protesters on his first state visit to the UK.

Some of the demonstrations in a number of cities across the country were organised, others spontaneous.

The Independent spent the entire three days of his time in the UK following the protesters in central London and Portsmouth.

As he dined with The Queen on his first night in the capital, demonstrators made as much noise as they could in an attempt to disrupt proceedings.

As tens of thousands took to the streets around Westminster the following day, we were there as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, addressed the crowd, along with shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry.

Marchers also attempted to disrupt the business meetings Trump was conducting with UK government officials nearby.

On his final day, spent in Portsmouth, the US leader joined Theresa May and the Queen to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Again we joined those protesting his presence in the UK.

Mr Trump's supporters appeared at every protest, but their numbers were considerably smaller.

Here The Independent has documented an eventful three days.

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