A large-scale protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland was held in downtown Dublin on Thursday evening, drawing nearly ten thousand participants, said eyewitnesses.
A six-meter-tall blimp depicting Trump as a baby was flown over the protest venue which lies just a few hundred meters away from O’Connell Street, the city’s main thoroughfare.
Thousands of people gathered beneath the huge blimp, waving placards and shouting slogans against Trump over a variety of issues ranging from climate change and immigration to racism and misogyny.
A group of protesters also carried a banner demanding the U.S. military out of Shannon Airport where Trump’s Air Force One landed him there on Wednesday afternoon for his first visit to Ireland as the U.S. president.
Representatives from different social groups, political parties and anti-Trump campaigns addressed the participants at the protest venue.
After the rally, protesters marched down O’Connell Street. They chanted “Donald Trump go away” and “Hear it loud and hear it clear, Donald Trump not welcome here”, according to local media reports.
Trump will leave for the United State on Friday after spending two nights at his golf course resort at Doonbeg, a small village lying not far away from Shannon Airport along the western Atlantic coastline of Ireland.