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Week of Donald Trump protests kicks off in Scotland

Activists from Stand Up to Racism staged a demonstration at Turnberry on Wednesday.

Protest: Activists at Turnberry on Wednesday.
Protest: Activists at Turnberry on Wednesday. PA

A week of protests against US President Donald Trump has kicked off at his golf course in Ayrshire.

Around a dozen activists from Stand Up to Racism Scotland staged a brief demonstration at Turnberry on Wednesday.

The US President is due to arrive in Scotland on Friday night, landing at Prestwick after a short flight from London.

Trump will then fly to Turnberry by helicopter, where he will spend the weekend before meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

During the demonstration on Wednesday activists held up banners reading "Trump not welcome and "No to racism, no to Trump".

They shouted "Lock up Trump, let the children go" in response to his policy of separating immigrant families at the Mexican border.

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1422087-confirmed-donald-trump-to-visit-scotland-during-uk-trip/ | default

Protestor Charlotte Ahmed, 57, said: "He's a racist, he's a misogynist, he's a warmonger, he's a liar and his actions are encouraging racists and fascists all over the world.

"This is a really frightening thing that such a person should be coming to Scotland, this beautiful country."

The hotel at Turnberry has remained open this week but a metal fence is being erected around the main building ahead of further protests.

Demonstrations are planned in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee on Friday, as well as at Trump's other Scottish golf course in Aberdeenshire.

A large-scale security operation is under way ahead of the President's visit, led by the Secret Service. Around 5000 police officers are expected to be on duty.

His official helicopter, Marine One, is believed to have arrived at Prestwick on Sunday and two US Air Force transport planes were seen offloading equipment there on Wednesday.

https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1422806-call-for-trump-to-be-banned-from-prestwick-airport/ | default

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