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Hundreds of demonstrators take to the streets of London and the UK in noisy and colourful protests in opposition to Donald Trump's visit

  • As Trump and Melania dine at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, people marched 
  • Republican met with Theresa May at the ancestral home of Winston Churchill
  • Protesters waved the well-worn slogan 'Dump Trump' close to the palace 

By Sebastian Murphy-bates and Alex Green For Mailonline

Published: 15:25 EDT, 12 July 2018 | Updated: 16:16 EDT, 12 July 2018

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Hundreds of demonstrators have led noisy protests across the country to express their alarm and opposition to the visit of Donald Trump.

As the US President and First Lady Melania dine at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, people marched with placards in the county as well as crowding the streets of London and Cardiff.

The Republican has met with Prime Minister Theresa May at the ancestral home of Winston Churchill.

Crowds flooded this street in Cardiff city centre to oppose the official visit of Donald Trump to the UK
Crowds flooded this street in Cardiff city centre to oppose the official visit of Donald Trump to the UK

Crowds flooded this street in Cardiff city centre to oppose the official visit of Donald Trump to the UK

A protester asks where he should start in his criticism of the US president outside Winfield House where Trump will be staying 
A protester asks where he should start in his criticism of the US president outside Winfield House where Trump will be staying 

A protester asks where he should start in his criticism of the US president outside Winfield House where Trump will be staying 

As the Scots, Irish and Welsh Guard bands welcomed Trump to Blenheim, opponents of the president waved signs denouncing racism and war while one simply asked: 'Where do I start?'

Protesters waved the well-worn slogan 'Dump Trump' close to the palace while another referenced England crashing out of the World Cup to Croatia yesterday.

Her sign's message for the president was: 'We may have lost but you are the real loser.'

Trump has repeatedly used the word 'loser' to refer to terrorists and other enemies on his Twitter account.  

There are a total of 54 protests against the US president's visit planned across the country over four days. 

Protesters waving placards aping the Republican colours caused a commotion outside Winfield House, the US Ambassador's residence in Regents Park
Protesters waving placards aping the Republican colours caused a commotion outside Winfield House, the US Ambassador's residence in Regents Park

Protesters waving placards aping the Republican colours caused a commotion outside Winfield House, the US Ambassador's residence in Regents Park

Socialists and anti-racists gather to condemn 'bigotry' as the Stop War Coalition also said 'no' to Trump 
Socialists and anti-racists gather to condemn 'bigotry' as the Stop War Coalition also said 'no' to Trump 

Socialists and anti-racists gather to condemn 'bigotry' as the Stop War Coalition also said 'no' to Trump 

A protester wears a Harry Potter T-shirt and proclaims that Trump's hair contains a portion of Voldemort's soul 
A protester wears a Harry Potter T-shirt and proclaims that Trump's hair contains a portion of Voldemort's soul 

A protester wears a Harry Potter T-shirt and proclaims that Trump's hair contains a portion of Voldemort's soul 

They include eight titled 'Together Against Trump' and a 12-hour rave at Soho Radio in London.

A wide range of campaigners, including unions, faith and environmental groups came together to unite in opposition to Mr Trump's visit to the UK, organisers said.

Bells and whistles rang out alongside cheers and claps for speakers throughout the protest, staged near the US ambassador's official residence, as the crowd was encouraged to shout loudly in the hope Mr Trump could hear.

Trump received more boos and jeers as he was helicoptered out of Regent's Park to attend a black-tie dinner with Theresa May this afternoon.

Protesters shouted 'shame on you', waved anti-Trump placards and banged on pots and pans as the US leader and his wife Melania were flown from Winfield House in London on Marine One. 

Demonstrators adopted an alternative version of England's World Cup anthem Three Lions as they sang and shouted: 'He's going home, he's going home, he's going, Trump is going home.'

A clip of what organisers said was the sound of children crying at the US border after being separated from their parents was played and described by those listening as 'disgusting'. 

A protester opposes the notion of a special relationship between the US and UK while Trump is in power while also attacking the Tories 
A protester opposes the notion of a special relationship between the US and UK while Trump is in power while also attacking the Tories 

A protester opposes the notion of a special relationship between the US and UK while Trump is in power while also attacking the Tories 

A demonstrator in Oxfordshire references England's World Cup loss yesterday, calling Donald Trump the 'real loser'
A demonstrator in Oxfordshire references England's World Cup loss yesterday, calling Donald Trump the 'real loser'

A demonstrator in Oxfordshire references England's World Cup loss yesterday, calling Donald Trump the 'real loser'

A protester mocks Trump's state of mind, referencing an exchange the president had with North Korea's dictator 
A protester mocks Trump's state of mind, referencing an exchange the president had with North Korea's dictator 

A protester mocks Trump's state of mind, referencing an exchange the president had with North Korea's dictator 

Sam Fullerton from Oklahoma said while Mr Trump may not see the protest from Winfield House which is set back inside the fenced-off area in the park, he hoped he would hear it or see it on television.

Mr Fullerton said: 'He watches a lot of TV so he'll see it on TV. Or they may be out in the backyard.'

His wife Jami, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said the protest was 'democracy at its finest'.

'I'm here to witness democracy outside of our own country to see how other democratic societies express themselves,' she said. 

A loose crowd of demonstrators gather in London to protest the visit of Donald Trump to the UK 
A loose crowd of demonstrators gather in London to protest the visit of Donald Trump to the UK 

A loose crowd of demonstrators gather in London to protest the visit of Donald Trump to the UK 

'I think it's great. The British are pretty gentle people.' 

John Rees, of the Stop The War group, described Mr Trump as a 'wrecking ball' as he addressed those gathered.

He said: 'He's a wrecking ball for race relations, he's a wrecking ball for prosperity, he's a wrecking ball for women's rights, he's a wrecking ball for any peace and justice in this world and we have to stop him.'

Some of those gathered said they planned to stay for Mr Trump's return after the First Couple dine at Blenheim Palace with Theresa May.  

Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland staged a protest at the Trump Turnberry resort and golf course in South Ayrshire
Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland staged a protest at the Trump Turnberry resort and golf course in South Ayrshire

Activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland staged a protest at the Trump Turnberry resort and golf course in South Ayrshire

Waving placards and wearing Trump masks the activists camped out outside the resort
Waving placards and wearing Trump masks the activists camped out outside the resort

Waving placards and wearing Trump masks the activists camped out outside the resort

Where and when are the protests during Donald Trump's UK visit?

Thursday, July 12:

Banner drop for Trump's arrival, London, St Thomas' Hospital Gardens, 7:45pm

Bristol protest, Bristol, The Fountains, Harbourside, 5pm

Cambridge Stands Up to Trump, Cambridge, Kings Parade, 5:30pm 

Keep Trump Awake, London, Winfield House,  8pm

Protest Trump at Blenheim Palace, Blenheim, Oxfordshire, Blenheim Castle,  5:30pm

Stop Trump Bath, Bath, Guildhall, 5pm

Together Against Trump Newcastle, Newcastle Civic Centre,  5pm

Together Against Trump!, Huddersfield Market Place, 5pm

Trump not welcome, London, Hanover Gate, Regent's Park, 5:30pm

Trump not welcome, Brighton, Brighton Town Hall, 6pm

Friday, July 13: 

ANTI TRUMP NIGHT, London, The George Tavern, 8pm

Breakfast at Chequers Trump Demo, Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire, Chequers Court,  10am

Bring the Noise, London, Portland Place,  12:30pm

Canterbury Resists, Canterbury, Westgate, 4:30pm

Coventry Stands Up To Trump, Coventry, Friargate Boulevard, 5pm

Demonstrate in Derby, Derby Market Place, 5:30pm 

Donald Trump Not Welcome, Harrogate Cenotaph, 6:30pm 

Drag Protest Parade, London, Great Windmill Street, 12pm

Handmaids Against Trump, London, Goodge Street Underground Station, 1:30pm

Ipswich Together Against Trump, Ipswich, la Tour Cycle Café, 5pm

Leeds Stand up to Trump, Leeds, Dortmund Square, 5pm

Love trumps Trump, Windsor, Windsor Castle, 2pm

No to Trump!!, Nottingham, Nottingham Speakers Corner, 5:30pm

No to Trump, No to Racism, Bradford Centenary Square, 5pm

Outdoor Jummah, London, Cavendish Square, Marylebone, 2:30pm

Protest Trump's visit, London, Portland Place, 2pm

Protest Trump's Visit, Barnstaple, Devon, The Square Barnstaple, 5pm 

Revolution Day, London, Soho Radio, 12pm

Sevenoaks Opposed Trump, Sevenoaks, The Vine Gardens, 3:30pm 

Stand Up To Trump, Southampton Civic Centre, 4pm

Stop Trump, Durham, Elvet Bridge, Durham City, 7pm

Stop Trump, Hitchin, Windmill Hill, 1pm

STOP TRUMP!, Hull, Queen Victoria Square, 5:30pm

Takeover George Square, Glasgow, George Square, 5pm

Together Against Trump, Dundee City Square, 5pm

Together Against Trump, Sheffield City Hall, 5pm

Together Against Trump, Stoke-on-Trent, Upper Market Square, Hanley, 5pm 

Together Against Trump, Norwich City Hall, 5:30pm 

Together Against Trump, Birmingham Victoria Square, 5pm 

Together Against Trump, Leamington Spa Town Hall, 5pm

Together Against Trump, Oxford Cornmarket, 5:30pm

Together Against Trump, Exeter, 6pm

TRUMP NOT Welcome, Leicester, Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower, 5pm

Trump Out - Love In, Totnes, The Plains, 7pm

Trump protest, Sandhurst, RMA Sandhurst, 10am

Saturday, July 14: 

Trumpets Against Trump, London, Portland Place, 1:30pm

DUMP TRUMP, South Ayrshire, Turnberry golf course, 10am

Protest Trump's Visit, York, St. Helen's Square, 12:30pm

Scotland United Against Trump, Edinburgh, Scottish Parliament, 12pm

Together Against Trump, Chesterfield, New Square, 12:30pm

Trump Protest, Bournemouth War Memorial, 12:30pm

Trump's a Chump, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Trump International Golf Links, 11am

Unity protest, London, Old Palace Yard, 1pm

Sunday, July 15:

Resist Trump, Newport, Church Litten Park, 11am 

Source: verdict. co.uk 

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