Tens of thousands of people protested in London and other British cities against President Donald Trump's ban on entry to the United States by refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Sarah Charlton reports.
Holding placards and chanting "No state visit". Tens of thousands of people protesting in British cities against U.S. President Trump's travel ban on Monday (January 30) night. The London protest outside the Downing Street residence of British Prime Minister Theresa May. Calling on her to cancel Trump's planned state visit later this year (SOUNDBITE) (English) CONSERVATIVE LAWMAKER, BARONESS SAYEEDA WARSI, SAYING: "There comes a moment when we have to ask our government where do you stand? That's why I'm here today. Not just because I believe what Trump is doing is appalling. Not just because I believe it's counter productive. Not just because I know that it will not achieve what he says he is trying to achieve. But because I want my government to stand up and say he is wrong." However, May won't be backing down. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "The United States is a close ally of the United Kingdom, we work together across many areas of mutual interest and we have that special relationship between us. I have formally issued that invitation to President Trump and that invitations stands." The invitation involves lavish displays of royal pageantry and a banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth. In a grassroots backlash, over one point six million people have signed a petition asking for the state visit to be cancelled saying it will be an embarrassment to the monarch. Once a petition passes 100-thousand signatures British lawmakers must consider it for debate in parliament. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson already questioned for over an hour in parliament on Trump's executive order. A growing list of politicians calling for the visit to be cancelled. The petition - already the second most popular ever on the parliamentary website - showing no sign of slowing down.