Call yourselves eco-warriors? Anti-trump activists leave behind a mountain of litter after listening to ranting Corbyn blast Trump and lecture him about the environment
- Banners and posters were left strewn in the streets around Trafalgar Square
- Protesters had been listening to Jeremy Corbyn talk about the environment
- Comes as organisers admit only tens of thousands turned up for today’s rally
- President said it was ‘fake news’ that there had been protests because of him
Published: 11:48 EDT, 4 June 2019 | Updated: 14:55 EDT, 4 June 2019
Anti-Trump protesters have left behind swathes of litter after listening to Jeremy Corbyn slam the President for his stance on the environment.
Pictures from around Trafalgar Square and Parliament show discarded plaques and banners which have been left dumped on the floor.
It came after only around a few tens of thousands turned up to march against Trump and hear Jeremy Corbyn deliver a tirade against the President.
Organisers admitted that the total turnout was only in the tens of thousands, despite predictions that hundreds of thousands would march against the President.
During a press conference with Theresa May this afternoon, the President blasted the protesters for peddling ‘fake news’ and claiming that large numbers of protesters would gather to object to his visit.
Piles of banners and signs were left on the side of the road close to Parliament today
The entrance of Westminster Station was full up with litter this afternoon as rush hour got underway
Rubbish trucks were pictured hitting the streets following the protests with this collector chucking rubbish in
He said: ‘We left the Prime Minister, the Queen, the royal family, there were thousands of people on the streets cheering. Even coming over today there were thousands cheering.
‘Then I heard there were protests, I said ‘Where are the protests? I don’t see any protests’. I did see a small protest today when I came – very small – so a lot of it is fake news I hate to say.’
Climate change activists, students, pacifists, trade union members and families all gatherered, while the protesters will include Handmaids Against Trump – women who will be draped in red with white hoods in homage to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about a crackdown on reproductive rights.
Signs that read ‘Stop Trump’ and ‘Tories Out Now’ were left on pavements and roads as well as bottles and food wrappers.
Other signs had messages which read ‘Trump Climate Disaster’, other read ‘dump Trump’, and took their message quite literally when they dumped their litter across London.
This afternoon rubbish trucks were pictured on the streets of central London, as the cleanup begun.
MailOnline reader Lisa Sergent sent in a photo of abandoned placards on the ground, saying: ‘You call these eco-warriors?’
Protesters literally dumped their rubbish on the floors and left bits of paper and litter every where
Protesters march to Whitehall from Trafalgar Square this afternoon as they protest the state visit by President Trump
The President (above) had stood next to Theresa May during a speech at Westminster where he mentioned Jeremy Corbyn
During the protests Jeremy Corbyn hinted that the President wasn’t taking climate change seriously.
‘Can we stop treating people who travel for a place of safety, escape from oppression, from climate change-induced degradation or economic poverty to try to make their contribution to the world – don’t treat them as enemies, treat them as fellow human beings and citizens of this planet who deserve our support, our sympathy and our understanding.’
He mentioned his request to the UK government to declare a climate emergency across the whole planet and said we needed to protect the natural world.
‘If we are to protect the natural world and environment on which we all depend, then actions have to be taken.
‘A world dedicated to personal profit and greed, to mass exploitation and the most intensive forms of farming destroys the natural world, bit by bit by bit, that we all rely on.
‘Sixty per cent of wildlife has been lost in this country in the past 40 years and it’s getting faster and getting worse. The problems are galloping all around the world.’
He also mentioned the Paris climate change accord, which Trump famously snubbed.
Empty coffee cups, plastic bottles and even cigarette packets were left all over the pavement this afternoon
Jeremy Corbyn this afternoon delivered a firebrand speech to anti-Donald Trump protesters at Trafalgar Square in London