London: Far-right supporters holding aloft American flags hackled and attempted to perform a “citizen’s arrest” of London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday.
Sadiq Khan, a staunch critic of controversial US President Donald Trump, was delivering a speech at the left-wing Fabian Society in the United Kingdom's capital city when protesters from a group called the White Pendragons, shouting pro-Trump and pro-Brexit slogans, disrupted his talk, according to media reports.
The group failed, and was eventually escorted out by the same police officers they had asked to apprehend Mayor Sadiq Khan. They still managed to delay the speech for 15 minutes as they accused Khan of treachery, tyranny and disrespecting President Donald Trum, according to Washington Post.
According to The Guardian, shortly after Khan began speaking at the society’s new year conference, one man told the audience: “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re here today to make a non-violent, peaceful citizen’s arrest.”
One man shouted “No to the EU” and another displayed a US flag.
Several police officers then moved in to escort them from the venue.
The protesters claimed the Fabian Society was “subverting our English constitution”, with one quoting the Magna Carta.
Outside the hall, the ITV News reporter Paul Brand asked them several times for clarity about their objection to the society, but failed to get a clear response.
After they had been led out, Khan aimed another jab at President Trump, according to NewsWeek.
“It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses,” he said, referring to last week's Trump tweet in which he referred to himself as a "very stable genius."
A longstanding Trump critic, Khan was attacked by the president for urging calm after the London Bridge terror attack last June, in which eight people were killed.
“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!" the president tweeted.
Trump had on Friday canceled a trip to London to open the new U.S. Embassy, a decision hailed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who was demanding from Prime Minister Therea May to cancel the former's UK visit.
"Trump has finally got the message that he is not welcome in the British capital", Sadiq Khan had said.
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