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Ahead of President Trump’s visit to London next week, a giant balloon of a baby Trump will be flown near the U.K. Parliament, using Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point.

As CNN reports, when Trump arrives for his three-day visit to the UK next Friday, July 13, there will be protesters to greet him, since there is a “Stop Trump” march planned for that day. He will also be met by a 19-foot balloon of himself wearing a diaper, which will be flown for two hours.

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Initially, city officials denied the group’s plans to fly the balloon, CBS News reports. But London Mayor Sadiq Khan ended up changing course after more than 10,000 people signed a petition, and over 1,000 people raised around $24,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.

The Trump Baby group, who referred to Trump as a “racist demagogue who is a danger to women, immigrants and minorities and a mortal threat to world peace and the very future of life on earth” on their crowdfunding page, also refer to themselves as anti-fascist “art activists.”

Activist and group member Leo Murray told Sky News, “We didn’t get off to the best start with the Mayor’s office over this, who originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest. But following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humor. Trump Baby will fly!”

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Leo Murray poses with the Trump Baby balloon. 

Leo Murray poses with the Trump Baby balloon.

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A spokesperson for the Mayor of London’s office also spoke to Sky News, saying, “The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms. His city operations team have met with the organzers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”

However, while local police have reviewed the plans for the balloon, and seem content, they maintain a right of veto on the scheduled day of flight. So the Trump Baby could be grounded after all.



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