LONDON – A small enclave of pro-Trump supporters have been hit by waves of verbal abuse, and even a couple of moments of violence, on Friday as they made their stand for the visiting U.S. president amid widespread protests in London.
The group of about two-dozen Trump supporters camped out outdoors The Silver Cross pub and have been shortly surrounded by anti-Trump protesters and a circle of police who tried to maintain the peace.
The supporters chugged beer and sang pro-Trump soccer chants, waved U.Ok. and U.S. flags and threw again counter-slogans on the glowering protesters who accused them of being fascists and Nazis.
“Nazi scum, off our streets,” the anti-Trump crowd yelled, countered by chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump.”
Whereas a tense truce held for probably the most half, one protester broke by the police cordon and hit a Trump supporter earlier than being dragged away. He informed Fox Information that he had been informed by police that the protester had been arrested however later launched.
“We’re right here to indicate that President Trump is welcome,” James Goddard, sporting a shiny crimson ear, informed Fox Information. He accused the protesters of ignoring controversial figures corresponding to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and others and being brainwashed by the mainstream media.
‘I questioned [protesters] in the present day on the blimp and I used to be known as a Nazi. I’m carrying a kippah on my head and I used to be known as a Nazi.’
Later, one other anti-Trump protester tried to interrupt by, however was intercepted by police and thrown up towards the wall.
Augustine Chukwuma Obodo stated he loves “every little thing” about Trump and was representing “Buddies of Trump UK”
“They’re stunned to see a black man as a Trump supporter,” he stated, carrying a crimson MAGA cap.
Certain sufficient, an anti-Trump protester pointed her finger by the police barrier at him: “Excuse me, what’s a black man doing there?”
The supporters additionally chanted in assist of Tommy Robinson, a controversial right-wing activist who was jailed final month after filming outdoors a courtroom room. A professional-Robinson rally is deliberate for Saturday.
“Tommy’s not coming house,” one Trump and Robinson opponent yelled at them.
Avi Yemini, of the Australian Liberty Alliance, stated he had come to assist Trump.
“He stands for freedom, he stands for every little thing that’s proper on this planet,” he stated, then gestured towards the protesters. “These individuals, they hate freedom.”
“I questioned them in the present day on the blimp and I used to be known as a Nazi,” he stated. “I’m carrying a kippah on my head and I used to be known as a Nazi.”
Police presence ramped up and saved distance between pro- and anti-Trump supporters, but it surely didn’t cease a couple of bottles being thrown from the anti-Trump aspect.
Regardless of being massively outnumbered, the pro-Trump enclave didn’t seem like spooked by the tons of of anti-Trump protesters hurling abuse at them.
“From earlier expertise, we’ve obtained nothing to fret about,” Tom English, from Manchester, informed Fox Information.