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Protesters plan to fly Trump baby blimp near Scottish Parliament

A ‘Baby Trump’ balloon rises after being inflated in London’s Parliament Square, as part of the protests against the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Campaigners are planning to fly the Donald Trump baby blimp at Holyrood this weekend.

The 20ft inflatable depicting the US president as a nappy-clad baby holding a mobile phone was flown above Parliament Square in London on Friday.

It prompted Mr Trump to say it made him “feel unwelcome” in the city, on his second day of a four-day UK visit.

Campaigners have now confirmed they plan to transport the blimp to Scotland overnight on the sleeper train and fly it at a protest near the Scottish Parliament on Saturday.

Protester Leo Murray, one of the blimp’s “babysitters”, said: “After the Trump baby’s flight over the Houses of Parliament on Friday we’re thrilled to be bringing the Trump baby to do the same thing at Holyrood.

“We were inundated with messages from friends and allies in Scotland asking us to bring Trump baby up, so we really wanted to make sure that he could be a part of the amazing spread of protests taking place over the weekend.

“Trump’s politics are dangerous and divisive, and the baby balloon has been a tremendous success in highlighting the racism, misogyny and xenophobia in the ‘toddler in chief’s’ presidency.”

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The group’s previous attempt to have the blimp fly above the Trump Turnberry golf course as the president visits there this weekend were blocked due to airspace restrictions.

Final confirmation of permission to launch it near Holyrood is awaited.

Various protests are planned to coincide with the president’s visit to Scotland, including a national demonstration and “carnival of resistance” in Edinburgh.