London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s city operations team has finally given permission to a group of activists to fly a six-metre high yellow and orange ‘Trump baby’ balloon (pictured – Credit: Trump Baby UK) above Parliament Square Gardens when the US president arrives in the capital on July 13 on a working visit to meet Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth.
The balloon will fly at a height of 30 metres between 9.30am and 11.30 am local time coinciding with the ‘Stop Trump’ March.
The mayoral nod for the balloon protest came after a signature campaign by more than 10,000 people and a crowd-funding drive that raised over $20,000.
Last week, city officials refused to recognise the diaper-clad Trump baby sporting the president’s blond hair and holding a cell phone as a legitimate protest.
But the activists’ crowd-funder page defended the blimp by saying it only shows Trump as a big, angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands.
A mayoral spokesman on Thursday reversed the official view. He told Sky News that Khan still supports people’s right to hold peaceful protest which can take different forms.
Khan’s explanation for the U-turn on balloon protest is convincing. But he is also an outspoken critic of Trump. Early this year, he said Trump will not be welcomed in London. He even asked Prime Minister Theresa May to cancel the President’s visit.
In a tit-for tat, Trump said Khan’s casual response to the terror attacks in London was shocking. After seven people were killed in the attacks, the mayor said there is “no reason to be alarmed!”
Activist Leo Murray, who has described the blimp as an “obscene mutant clone of the president”, is happy that the balloon is finally going to fly.