Stop Trump: The group which wants millions to stage a mass citizens arrest on US President when he visits Britain

Stop Trump: The group which wants millions to attempt citizens arrest on the US President

Some Stop Trump members took part in a protest in February

Friday, December 15, 2017

News that Donald Trump is likely to visit the UK early next year has prompted a predictable outpouring of anger, with opponents promising demonstrations against the controversial US President when he comes to town.

But now one group is taking things a step further, and actually demanding the embattled billionaire be placed in a mass citizens' arrest.

Stop Trump is a coalition of organisations which was set up in February this year with the aim of stopping Donald Trump having a UK state visit. It boasts a long list of celebrity supporters including Lily Allen, Frankie Boyle, Paloma Faith and Shappi Khorsandi.

There's also plenty of support from the political sphere, with MPs Ed Miliband, Caroline Lucas and the general secretaries the TUC, Unison and GMB having lent their endorsement.

The group claims Trump's presidency is "dangerous and divisive" and suggests his use of executive orders early on in his power "sparked a wave of fear and hatred."

Naturally, it has hit out the the UK Government saying it is "dismayed and shocked" that it has tried to "normalise Trump’s agenda" and claims "people in Britain never voted for this. It is our duty as citizens to speak out."

The group is planning a mass protest for February 26 and 27 next year, as it believes this could be the date Trump visitis the UK to open the new US embassy and meet Theresa May.

Stop Trump has created an event on Facebook for this to encourage people to attend and so far more than 8,000 people have responded by saying they're going. A further 20,000 have also said they are interested.

The group describes the planned protest as Trump being met "by a million of us attempting a citizen's arrest of him for incitement to racial hatred."

Stop Trump is hoping that a million people will attend the march which is set to be held outside the US embassy and Downing Street. Journalist Owen Jones is one of the organisers of the protest and has tweeted that he wants it to be "the biggest demonstration in British history."

The current record for the largest protest in Britain was the Stop The War protest in 2003 against Britain fighting in Iraq. Police believe 750,000 people were part of the demonstration, although organisers at the time claimed there were 2 million based on polling.

To achieve its lofty aim, in February it was reported that Stop Trump had hired a permanent member of staff to coordinate protests against Trump. It reportedly did this by raising £16,000 through crowdfunding and also had a £10,000 donation from the union Unison.

In the same month Stop Trump was part of a rally in London's Parliament Square, when a state visit for the US President was still on the cards. A petition had been signed by 1.85 million people calling on the state visit to be stopped. After this the Government decided the state visit would be postponed.

Plus it seems Trump is actually helping the campaign to gain traction himself, as the group claims it has gained more support since he retweeted Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen. 

How big will the group be by February? Who knows, but we've certainly not heard the last of this group.