While giving a speech on “gender equality” Saturday at a Fabian Society conference in London, the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, was disrupted by a group of protesters who suddenly began waving an American flag and calling for his arrest.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we’re here today to make a non-violent, peaceful citizen’s arrest,” one of the protesters declared, reading from a prepared statement as he approached the podium shortly after Khan’s speech began.
The protesters were reportedly a part of the “far-right” White Pendragons group, who support Brexit, and one also reportedly shouted, “No to the EU!”
The Guardian reported that several police officers moved in to escort them out of the room, while Khan quipped, “It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses.”
His remark was in mockery of President Trump’s recent tweet, when he had stated he was a “very stable genius” after some on the left had called him mentally unstable.
Just one day earlier, upon earning that President Trump had cancelled his planned trip to London, Khan had declared his satisfaction that Trump had “got the message” that he is not welcome in the United Kingdom.
Khan, a Muslim, has been a staunch critic of Trump, and had demanded that British Prime Minister Theresa May not allow Trump to visit the U.K. He has heavily supported the Muslim immigrants into the U.K. and had taken offense at Trump’s travel ban and comments about immigrants.
Disruption by pro Trump hecklers at start to Fabian conference. Calling for citizens arrest of London Mayor Sadiq Khan
— Laura Bundock (@laurabundock) January 13, 2018
Protesters call for London Mayor, Sadiq Kahn to be arrested by a citizens arrest for saying that USA President is “not welcome in U.K.” Trump supporters were holding up american flags in a peaceful protest via
— Jen.★..☼..★.ElitePro (@elitepro) January 13, 2018
A group of far-right protesters holding American flags disrupted an event featuring London Mayor SADIQ KHAN, attempting to conduct a “citizens arrest” after he dissed President Trump
— charles benjamin (@chaleeboh3131) January 13, 2018
#Fab18 conference slightly delayed by Trump supporters who wouldn’t let Sadiq Kahn speak. The police had to intervene and remove the group of – in Kahn’s words – ‘very stable geniuses’ pic.twitter.com/d7sVx9Dc1j
— Mafalda Dâmaso (@DrMafaldaDms) January 13, 2018