Trump UK visit: Young children take to streets to protest president's policies on guns and immigration

Posted on: 2018-07-14 08:00:00

Young children have taken to the streets of London during a school day to protest against Donald Trump’s guns policy and his separation of migrant children from their families.

Children have been making posters and placards – which describe the US president as "mean", a "bully", and compare him to Harry Potter villain Voldemort – for the mass protests today.

Some children have missed school to attend demonstrations across the country – including the rally of tens of thousands of people in London – while others have taken part in protests in their schools.

One 11-year-old boy, holding a placard at the rally, told Sky News: “I think having guns in America is very bad and Trump should ban it. And I don’t think it is right to keep children in cages.”

Another young boy added: “He is not a very nice person. He kidnaps kids from their family and he needs to be removed from the United Kingdom.”

A parent said on Twitter that she was planning to take her 11-year-old daughter to the protests after she had “begged” all night to demonstrate against children being separated from their families.

Parents praised their children’s efforts in creating anti-Trump placards for the protests on social media.

One seven-year-old made posters saying "Trump is mean" and "Families Belong Together" in preparation for the demonstration, a mother said on Twitter.

Other posters, created by young people, described Mr Trump as a “racist, sexist, Nazi”.

There have also been reports of teachers and students at schools across the country holding their own protests.

Ellie Pilcher told The Independent that it was “nice to see” pupils standing outside a secondary school in north London with leaflets, signs and megaphones calling for Mr Trump to leave.

She tweeted: “My local community right now: posters up everywhere and the local school is currently throwing a rally against Trump.”And Angela Saini said she woke up to hear children in a nearby secondary school holding an “impromptu protest” against the US president.

Meanwhile, in one primary school a teacher said 100 children had staged a protest around the field. As children demonstrated against the president’s visit, Melania Trump, the first lady, met pupils from Saint George's Church of England primary school where they showed her how to make poppies.

After the poppy making, Ms Trump listened to school children talk about values and service where she sat in front of a poster which said "Be the best you can be''.

Source: Independent

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