A “special alert” from the US embassy in London:
Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to the United Kingdom.
The majority of the demonstrations will be focused in central London on July 13, with other events planned for July 12 and 14. Several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with those events.
Actions to Take: • Be aware of your surroundings. • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent. • Keep a low profile. • Monitor local media for updates. • View updates from UK police at met.police.uk and follow @MetPoliceEvents and @MetPoliceUK for guidance.
The Guardian reacts:
Trump arrives in Britain on Thursday after a Nato summit, and thousands of protesters are expected to join demonstrations during his visit, including plans to fly a blimp over parliament portraying Trump as an orange baby.
Although Britain regards the United States as one of its closest allies, many Britons see Trump as crude and opposed to their values on a range of issues. His comments on militant attacks in Britain and his re-tweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted by a leader of a far-right UK party sparked anger.