The U.S. Embassy in London released an alert on Tuesday urging Americans to “keep a low profile” during President Trump’s scheduled visit to the United Kingdom later this week.
The notice asks for Americans in Britain to stay aware of their surroundings and to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent.”
The request comes as Trump is expected to meet multiple protests during his first visit to the United Kingdom since taking office. Thousands of people are expected to turn out. Among the planned demonstrations is a large “Trump baby” blimp which was approved by London city officials to fly over Parliament.
“It’s just been announced: Donald Trump is coming to Britain on a state visit later this year,” reads a Facebook event description for a protest planned July 13-14 that has about 60,000 saying they will attend. “We don’t know when. But let’s be ready — and be prepared to take to the streets in the most incredible protest in our history.”
The Embassy in London notes that the majority of the demonstrations will take place in central London on Friday, with other events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Saturday. Trump is expected to arrive on Thursday after a NATO summit in Belgium.
Reuters reports that more than 50,000 people have signed up to protest Trump’s visit in London on Friday. The news outlet notes that a counterprotest to welcome the president is scheduled for that day as well.
“Several of the events are expected to attract large crowds and there will be road closures in connection with those events,” the embassy notice reads.
It was reported last week that Trump will mostly avoid London for the duration of his visit to the United Kingdom.