Americans didn’t keep a low profile in London during the 1940’s.
Via The Guardian:
Americans in the UK have been warned to “keep a low profile” during this week’s visit of their president, Donald Trump, as the US embassy in London says demonstrations against the event could turn violent.
On Tuesday, officials said the demonstrations would probably be focused on the centre of the UK capital, despite the fact that Trump is spending only a short time there, but added others had also been planned over the three days from Wednesday.
“Be aware of your surroundings [and] exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent,” the US embassy warned.
The warning comes after it emerged that the UK police mobilisation for Trump’s visit would be the largest since the 2011 English riots.
Officers will be moved around the country to protect the US president, with those in regions Trump is not visiting giving assistance to the services in those he is. Its scale is such that some police chiefs have expressed concerns they will not have enough resources for their usual local policing duties.
“With the hot weather, if anything kicks off, we are struggling. They cut the officers in the urban areas [biggest forces] and now they need them,” one told the Guardian on Monday. Firearms officers, armed counter-terrorism units, public order officers and dog handlers are all part of the deployment.
In their warning on Tuesday, the embassy told American citizens to expect the largest demonstration in central London on Friday 13 July, when organisers hope tens of thousands of people will be on the streets. A “Trump baby” balloon is also due to fly over central London that morning.
US officials in London added that, besides keeping their heads down, people should also keep an eye on local media and heed any police advice. “Several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with those events,” they said.
Other planned demonstrations on Thursday include one near Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, where Trump will attend a black-tie dinner, and another near the US ambassador’s residence in London, where Trump and his wife Melania will stay overnight and where a high metal fence has been erected. Gatherings are also due to take place in Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff on Thursday evening.