Trump confirms Friday 13th UK visit, to protesters' horror

President Donald Trump’s long-awaited visit to the UK finally has a date: he will be in London on July 13 – a Friday, Downing St has announced.

But it could bring the capital to a standstill, with protesters promising to take to the streets in force.

Londoners protested Donald Trump’s controversial anti-Muslim travel ban in 2017.

The Stop Trump Coalition and Stand Up To Trump groups organising the march include grassroots campaigns protesting against war, austerity and racism, as well as unions, NGOs, celebrities and politicians.

They say they will mobilise a network to organise the demonstration across the country, with local actions and coaches to London.

Shaista Aziz, from the Stop Trump Coalition, said last week: "Donald Trump and Theresa May are running scared of protest. Last year hundreds of thousands took to the streets at barely a day’s notice in disgust at Trump’s Muslim Ban.

"If Trump actually comes to London, we could be looking at a march of millions. This won’t just be a movement against the President’s visit – it will become a movement against racism, anti-migrant bigotry, sexism, transphobia and far right politics in the UK."

Maz Saleem, from Stand Up to Trump, promised a "massive show of opposition" against the President, whom she called "an open racist and sexist, a volatile and dangerous character who seems set on taking the West into further wars".

However the date of the protest is unclear. They have said in the past it would take place on the Saturday either before or after Trump's visit, suggesting the President may not be in the UK for the mass action.

In January, Trump said he would travel to the UK for both state and working visits in 2018.

But the full State visit, including a banquet with the Queen, is not expected until at least the northern autumn, possibly October.

Earlier this week, London mayor Sadiq Khan, who has several times clashed with the US President on Twitter, warned Trump to expect "loud" protests if he visited Britain.

"We have got a great history in our city of protests… we have got a great history in our city of bringing about change by protest, the key thing is for it to be lawful, for it to be peaceful," Khan said.

"I have no doubt that if he does come, there will be some people who want to express their views loudly and peacefully to the President."

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