Anti-Donald Trump protests have cost the British taxpayer a whopping £290,000 in just a few months.Organised by disgraced and disreputable far-left and so-called “anti-racists” groups, the demos have been attended by MPs and celebrities such as singer Lilly Allen.
The protests included the ‘Stop Trump’ march, held outside the U.S. Embassy in London to oppose the president’s temporary travel ban on people from six terror-linked states.
According to a freedom of information request submitted by the Daily Express, the demo on the February 4th left taxpayers with a bill of £89,000. It was organised by left-wing groups including as Stand up to Racism and Stop the War.
At a separate anti-Trump demo at the U.S. embassy, on the 20th of January, organisers from Stand up to Racism called for “open borders” and promised to help Americans “overthrow” the new President and “send him back” to the U.S. if he comes to the UK.
Stand up to Racism is linked to Britain’s disgraced Socialist Workers Party (SWP), which stands accused of covering up a rape scandal. It is the same group which gate crashed a UKIP policy launch last month and some of its leaders are close to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Stop the War, meanwhile, has been called “abhorrent” and “anti-western, not anti-war” by Labour MPs and has been accused of encouraging violence against British troops. Mr. Corbyn led to the group for several years.
A further £70,000 was spent policing the Women’s March, which held by feminist campaigners on the 21st of January, the day after President Trump’s inauguration.
And another £130,000 was needed keep order at two other protests against the U.S. President’s travel ban of people from terror-linked states.
One of the rallies, held outside Downing Street in January, included high-profile speakers such as ex-Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.
Scotland Yard declined to comment on the protests. However, a spokesman told the Daily Express that the number of police at public events depends on “a range of factors” including the terror threat level.
“The cost of policing each event will vary depending on the type and level of police resources used, as well as the duration of the event”, he added.