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Thousands Take Part in Scottish Anti-Trump Rally

Thousands Take Part in Scottish Anti-Trump Rally Photo: AP.

July 14, 2018 08:11 AM

LONDON (AP) - Thousands of people marched through the streets of Edinburgh to protest against President Donald Trump, who is staying in Scotland over the weekend.

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

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

Waving an array of makeshift anti-Trump banners, the l protest will go past the American Consulate, which is protected by heavy security.

Trump is 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.

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Scottish police say they are trying to trace a paraglider who flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the golf resort that President Donald Trump is staying at.

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

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.

Thousands of people are expected to join anti-Trump protests across Scotland on Saturday.

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