Pro-Trump supporters disrupt speech and attempt to arrest London mayor Khan

14 January, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Pro-Trump supporters disrupt speech and attempt to arrest London mayor Khan

Pro-Trump protesters stormed Sadiq Khan's speech at the Fabian Society to try and make a "peaceful citizen's arrest" on the Mayor of London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Londoners made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome there.

The chaos lasted around 20 minutes - during which Mr Khan read the newspaper and a rival protest of anti-Brexit supporters was cheered by the crowd - as the police were called in to deal with the disruption.

One man shouted "No to the EU" and another displayed a United States flag.Audience members began to heckle and slow-clap, but the protesters resisted attempts to remove them, claiming they would sue anyone who touched them for "common assault".

But a demonstrator, unperturbed by the reception, said: "We stand under common law jurisdiction".

"If you touch us, you'll be done for common assault".

Khan was able to continue his speech after the police forced the protesters out of the conference hall.

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And in a dig at the U.S. president's recent Twitter meltdown, he said: 'It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses'.

"Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for "peanuts", only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars". Please stand back, do not touch us.

The demonstrator also accused the Fabian Society of "subverting" the constitution.

The group failed to make a citizen's arrest of the mayor and were escorted from the venue by security guards.

They denied being far right or racist, despite suggesting to Brand that Khan's religion meant he could not be mayor.

Mr Khan has called Donald Trump's policies "divisive", describing them as the "polar opposite" of London's values of "inclusion, diversity and tolerance".

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