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Video: Protesters clash with Trump supporters during Belfast City Hall demonstration

Protest against President’s visit to Ireland met by a counter demonstration of Trump supporters led by former Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen

A demonstration has taken place in Belfast against Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland.

Protesters from a number of trade unions and advocacy groups gathered at City Hall on Tuesday evening to express their opposition to the US President’s arrival on Wednesday.

The dozens included People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll.

There were verbal altercations as the event started when a counter demonstration was staged by the former deputy leader of Britain First Jayda Fransen and a small group of pro-Trump supporters waving an American and Make America Great Again flags.

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Jayda Fransen (Gareth Fuller/PA)

They heckled a number of speakers at the event, including protest organiser Jennie Carlsten as she addressed the event.

Ms Fransen was also heckled by anti-Trump protesters.

Mr Trump and his wife Melania will travel to the west coast of Ireland where he will stay at his hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

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Jayda Fransen former deputy leader of Britain First stages a corner protest with supporters at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Wayne Cummings speaking with a steward during a corner protest at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. Pic: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Ivanka Antova of United Against Racism, speaking during a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Wayne Cummings (left) with his partner former Belfast Councillor Jolene Bunting (second from left) speaking with a steward during a corner protest at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Former Belfast Councillor Jolene Bunting (right) with her partner Wayne Cummings (second from right) speaking with a stewards during a corner protest at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
PSNI in attendance at Belfast City Hall after tempers flared at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Former Belfast Councillor Jolene Bunting during a corner protest at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Jayda Fransen (left) former deputy leader of Britain First, in a heated discussion as she stages a corner protest with supporters at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International UK speaking during a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Former Belfast Councillor Jolene Bunting in heated discussion during a corner protest with supporters at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Jayda Fransen holding the American flag, former deputy leader of Britain First, in discussions with a steward as she stages a corner protest with supporters at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Wayne Cummings (left) with his partner former Belfast Councillor Jolene Bunting (second from left) speaking with a steward during a corner protest at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Jayda Fransen (left) former deputy leader of Britain First stages a corner protest with supporters at a "Stop Trumpism" rally hosted by ExAct: Expat Action Group NI, at Belfast City Hall. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 4, 2019. See PA story IRISH Trump Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th June 2019 Anti-Trump Protesters at the rally outside Belfast City Hall. Photo by Philip Magowan / Press Eye

There are set to be several more protests across Ireland against his visit.

However, the president is expected to receive a warm welcome in Doonbeg where American flags are decking the streets ahead of his arrival.

Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International also addressed the event in Belfast.

“We are here to stand against hatred, we are here to stand against division, against bigotry, against discrimination, and on the anniversary of the D-Day landings we are here in the continuing fight against extremism and against fascism,” he told those gathered.

Ms Fransen countered saying: “Mr Trump is democratically elected, he is welcome in our country, if you guys don’t respect democracy, perhaps you should leave.”

A small number of Police Service of Northern Ireland officers monitored the event.

Meanwhile, earlier SDLP leader Colum Eastwood welcomed the voicing of opposition to Mr Trump’s visit.

He said he has boycotted President Trump’s visit.

“I welcome the strong, organised opposition to Trump’s state visit. While he attends state banquets, people from all communities are sending a powerful message that his politics of division, distrust and denial are not welcome on these islands,” he said.

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