Thousands in Anti-Trump March in Scottish City

Thousands in Anti-Trump March in Scottish CityThousands in Anti-Trump March in Scottish City

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Edinburgh to protest against US President Donald Trump, who stayed in Scotland over the weekend.

Police estimated the number of people gathering outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh for the start of the demonstration at up to 3,000, AP reported.

Anti-fascist groups and political activists were joined by many others who said they had never demonstrated before.

Waving an array of makeshift anti-Trump banners, the protest went past the American Consulate, which was protected by heavy security. Trump was spending the weekend out of the spotlight, staying at his resort in Turnberry in western Scotland ahead of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Scottish police also said on Saturday that they were trying to trace a paraglider who flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the golf resort that Trump was staying at.

Detective Inspector Stephen McCulloch said the protester breached a no-fly zone over Turnberry hotel and committed a criminal offence.

The glider carried a banner reading “Trump: Well Below Par” on Friday night to protest his environmental and immigration policies. Greenpeace claimed that the protest forced Trump to take cover, with a statement saying “as the glider appears overhead the president can be seen making for the entrance breaking into a trot.”

The group said it had informed police about the stunt 10 minutes before the glider arrived.

The six-meter high inflatable balloon depicting the US president as a nappy-clad baby holding a mobile phone was brought north of the border to be flown at a protest in Edinburgh. The balloon was above Parliament Square in London on Friday.

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