London on Friday against Mr Trump’s UK visit plays golf
GB news 24 desk//
Thousands have taken to the streets of Edinburgh in a third day of protests against Donald Trump’s UK visit.
They demonstrated as the US president played golf during a visit to his Turnberry resort on the Ayrshire coast.
Mr Trump is in Scotland with his wife and family on a private visit ahead of his summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
During his golf round he was booed by demonstrators gathered at the perimeter of the resort complex.
Earlier, police confirmed that they were investigating how a paraglider was able to fly over Turnberry with a banner criticising Mr Trump.
The president’s visit to Scotland has been accompanied by a major security operation.
Police snipers are positioned on tiers of temporary scaffolding overlooking the golf course, with a large number of other officers patrolling the grounds and surrounding area.
Just as Mr Trump entered the resort on Friday evening, the paragliding protester breached a no-fly zone, coming close to the hotel.
In Edinburgh, protesters are walking from the Scottish parliament to the Meadows for a “carnival of resistance”.
The event is also featuring the giant Trump Baby balloon, which was banned from both Turnberry and Holyrood.
Tens of thousands of people – organisers claim up to 250,000 – protested in London on Friday against Mr Trump’s UK visit.
Protesters also filled George Square in Glasgow ahead of his arrival in Scotland.
However, the UK government’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told BBC Breakfast that the anti-Trump campaigners were “an embarrassment to themselves”.
He believed that the large scale protests in London and other cities “did not reflect the genuine good manners and hospitality of the British people”.