THOUSANDS gathered in Glasgow’s George Square last night to protest against Donald Trump.
The US president, who landed at Prestwick Airport in Air Force One later in the evening, is spending the rest of the weekend in Scotland.
Demonstrators took to the city centre with placards attacking his stance on a variety of issues, from immigration to climate change.
They also challenged the views of a handful of Trump supporters who unfurled a banner in a small corner of the square.
The ‘carnival of resistance’ aimed to spread the message that Trump was not welcome in Scotland.
Speakers at the demonstration included Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, and Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie.
Aamer Anwar, who also spoke at the event, said: “It’s a message of unity, a carnival of resistance but with regards to Donald Trump the only messages that man seems to give are ones of hatred, misogyny, racism or homophobia, of tearing children away from their mothers.
“What we’re saying in this country is we’re uniting with our American brothers and sisters in solidarity and he will be defeated.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are out in the streets and they may well say demonstrations don’t work – well they absolutely do work.”
Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer, who was also in attendance, said: “It’s really important that people in Scotland say really loud and really clear that Donald Trump isn’t welcome here.
“Someone who throws babies into cages, victimises muslims, who brags of sexually assaulting women. He’s not welcome in Scotland, those are not Scotland’s values and we’ve shown him today just how unwelcome he is.”
The protest followed a mass demonstration in London which saw over 200,000 take to the city’s streets.
Today, demonstrators will gather in outside Holyrood in Edinburgh to peacefully resist Trump’s politics.
An event took place in Dundee last night and protesters are expected to maintain a presence outside Trump’s Turnberry golf resort, where he will be spending the weekend.
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