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‘Trump baby’ balloons fly over Edinburgh during protest

The effigies of the President were flown as protesters gathered in the Meadows.

Giant balloons depicting Donald Trump as a baby have been raised in Edinburgh, as part of protests against the President’s visit.

The 20ft blimps were flown over the Meadows during demonstrations on Saturday.

Thousands of campaigners are protesting against Trump administration policies including a travel ban against several majority-Muslim countries and the separation of migrant families at the Mexican border.

Trump touched down at Prestwick Airport on Friday and is currently at the Turnberry golf resort.

A national demonstration was held at the Scottish Parliament with a march taking place towards a “Carnival of Resistance” in the Meadows.

The giant effigy of the President flew over London on Friday, and protest organisers had hoped to raise it near Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire during his visit.

However police said this would not be possible due to the air exclusion zone set up around the location.

An Edinburgh City Council spokeswoman said: “The council, Police Scotland and the Civil Aviation Authority were happy to give it the go-ahead as there were no security concerns.”

Protester Leo Murray, one of the blimp’s “babysitters”, said: “We were inundated with messages from friends and allies in Scotland asking us to bring Trump baby up, so we really wanted to make sure that he could be a part of the amazing spread of protests taking place over the weekend.”


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