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Anti-Trumpers Leave Behind ‘Mountain of Litter’ After Hearing Corbyn Attack Trump Over Environment: Report

By Mimi Nguyen-Ly

Protesters against President Donald Trump on June 4 were reported to have left behind a mountain of trash after listening to Jeremy Corbyn attack Trump about the environment, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

The outlet published photos from around Trafalgar Square and Parliament where protesters had dumped piles of plaques and banners.

Paper and litter were also strewn on the ground, photos showed.

The move prompted several online criticisms calling out “liberal hypocrisy.”

Earlier, some tens of thousands gathered to march against the U.S. president, and listen to the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Corbyn, speak at an anti-Trump rally in Westminster.

Trump was visiting the United Kingdom from June 3-5.

Organizers told the Daily Mail that they’d hoped for hundreds of thousands to participate in the anti-Trump march but the ultimate turnout was far fewer, capping at a few tens of thousands.

Corbyn criticized Trump’s policies on immigration, human rights, trade, and the environment, calling them divisive, the BBC reported.

“If we are to protect the natural world and environment on which we all depend, then actions have to be taken,” Corbyn said according to the Daily Mail.

Corbyn “used a large chunk of the speech going on about the importance of looking after the planet,” The Sun reported.

“I want to live in a world that thrives, that survives,” he said, according to The Sun.

“You do that by respecting the natural world,” Corbyn added. “Together we can make a big difference, together we can bring about that peace and justice.”

Not far away, the U.S. president was holding private talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Downing Street residence.

At a joint news conference with May in the afternoon of June 4, Trump was asked about Corbyn.

“He [Corbyn] wanted to meet, today or tomorrow and I decided I would not do that,” Trump said. “I think that he is, from where I come from, somewhat of a negative force. People should look to do things correctly as opposed to criticize.

“I really don’t like critics as much as I like and respect people that get things done,” he added.

Later, in an interview on “Good Morning Britain,” Trump told Piers Morgan that although it had been “tough” and “probably inappropriate” to meet Corbyn this time, he would have “no problem” with meeting Corbyn another time.

A Labour spokesperson had said that Corbyn proposed to meet with Trump, The Independent reported.

“Jeremy is ready to engage with the president on a range of issues, including the climate emergency, threats to peace, and the refugee crisis,” the spokesperson said.

Corbyn had said previously that he would boycott the state banquet in honor of the U.S. president at Buckingham Palace.