Protesters against Donald Trump have said they are prepared to launch legal action against the Metropolitan police after they were denied permission for a stage and sound system.
Scotland Yard imposed the restriction for a protest march on Friday and put restrictions in place for other protests this weekend, citing fears over public safety.
More than 60,000 people have indicated they will attend a demonstration in central London on Friday against the US president’s visit. They will assemble outside the BBC’s New Broadcasting House headquarters in Portland Place and plan to march along Regent Street to Trafalgar Square, where there will be a rally organised by the Stop Trump coalition. A further 10,000 people are expected to take part in a separate women’s march along the same route on Friday.
On Thursday, protesters gathered outside the US ambassador’s Regent’s Park residence, Winfield House, where Trump was due to stay.
Demonstrators holding placards, drums, bells and even pots, colanders and metal spoons were kept at bay by a large metal fence, which had been specially erected for the president’s visit.
Chants included “Hey Trump, what do you say? How many kids did you take today?”, in reference to his detention and separation of migrants from their children at the Mexican border. Others shouted: “Say it loud say it clear, Donald Trump’s not welcome here,” or, simply, “fuck Trump”.