Pro-Trump supporters disrupt speech and attempt to arrest London mayor Khan

Katrina Barker
January 14, 2018

The mayor and US President have clashed publicly a number of times over issues including counter terrorism and Mr Trump's proposed state visit to the UK.

As London Mayor Sadiq Khan prepared to take the stage at the yearly Fabian Society conference on Saturday, he was interrupted by American flag-holding Trump supporters who attempted to stage a "citizens arrest".

The address had to be suspended for several minutes and the demonstrators, from a group called the White Pendragons, were later escorted from the venue by police.

One protester announced they were there to perform a citizen's arrest of the London mayor.

Audience members began to heckle and slow-clap, and security guards entered the auditorium.

Once he resumed his speech, Khan said "On the plus side, I wasn't served with a P45", referencing Theresa May's Tory conference speech in which she was interrupted by a prankster.

But a demonstrator, unperturbed by the reception, said: "We stand under common law jurisdiction". Please stand back, do not touch us.

The protesters claimed that the Fabian Society was "subverting our English constitution", with one quoting the Magna Carta.

The London mayor added: "It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses".

Dismissing the President's excuse that he didn't want to visit London because the new US embassy had been a bad financial deal, Kassam - - laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of leading Labour party figures including the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn, and London mayor Sadiq Khan - both of whom have done all but promise massive street actions against the President should he visit the city.

Mr Khan has called President Trump's policies "divisive", describing them as the "polar opposite" of London values of "inclusion, diversity and tolerance".

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