Trump supporters demand arrest of London mayor
Nova Safo (AFP)
London Mayor Sadiq Khan was halted whilst delivering a speech on gender equality by pro-Trump and Brexit supporters who crashed the event demanding his arrest on Saturday, reported the Guardian.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we’re here today to make a non-violent, peaceful citizen’s arrest,” the protesters declared whilst holding up an American flag, only minutes after Khan, London’s first Muslim mayor, was introduced on stage to deliver his keynote speech at the left-wing think tank Fabian Society conference.
Security forces tried to eject the disrupters however they refused and said, “if you touch us, you’ll be done for common assault. Please stand back, do not touch us. We’re not leaving, we’ve paid for a ticket”, reported the Evening Standard newspaper.
Fabian activist Nathaneal Amos-Sansam told i24NEWS how he was "shocked" by the interruption but "given the heightened tensions following Khan's very public spat with the US President, and his strong advocacy for closer ties with Europe post-Brexit, its not a total surprise."
Several police officers then moved to escort the hecklers who were Identified as the White Pendragons, a far-right group.
The London mayor then resumed his speech and quipped, “It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses,” mocking a remark made by US President Trump a few days back amid questions about his mental health.
The protest was seen to be in response to comments made by Khan following Trump’s decision to cancel his visit to London next month because he was opposed to the location and price tag of the new US embassy, which he was set to attend the opening of.
Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message. pic.twitter.com/YD0ZHuWtr3— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 12, 2018
"It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance,” Khan said in a statement on his Twitter account.
"His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests," the London Mayor added. "This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of state in the first place."
"Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda," Khan added.
Trump’s expected visit to the UK has polarized the country, with many expressing strong opposition at first over his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, and more recently, his re-tweet of the far-right organization, Britain First.
This comes amid a public war of words between the two leaders where Khan has in the past accused Trump of possessing “ignorant views about Islam” and Trump has jibed at the mayor’s response to London terror attacks.
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He does not have enough on his plate as mayor! Lucky londoners.