Baby Trump Blimp Replaced by Chlorinated Chickens at NATO Summit Protest

Chlorinated chickens are set to appear at a protest against President Donald Trump in London Tuesday evening as NATO leaders meet for a 70th anniversary summit in the city.

Protesters dressed in "chlorinated" chicken suits will be brought back at a Trafalgar Square rally against the president's latest visit to the U.K. on Tuesday, an organizer told Newsweek, saying they had proved "very popular" at a previous demonstration.

But organizers also said that the famous blimp depicting Trump as a diaper-wearing baby would be absent from the demonstration, with one activist suggesting the Baby Trump blimp could still be in America after it reportedly appeared at a Florida rally on Tuesday November 26.

The London protest, scheduled to start at 4 p.m. GMT, follows two previous demonstrations in the British capital and coincides with a royal reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace.

It also comes as some in Britain fear that a victory for Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson in the upcoming U.K. general election could lead to the country's National Health Service (NHS) being opened up to U.S. companies and food standards being reduced to a level that would see chlorinated chicken from America appearing on British supermarket shelves.

Fears around the NHS' future were heightened last week when the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn brandished unredacted official documents at a press conference, claiming the files showed that the public health service was "on the table" in post-Brexit trade talks with the U.S.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied that the NHS is up for sale or negotiation, according to British newspaper The Guardian.

Nick Dearden, one of the organizers of Tuesday's anti-Trump protest, told Newsweek that the NHS would be in the limelight at the demonstration due to its prominence in the U.K.'s election debate.

Asked if the Baby Trump blimp would be at the protest, Dearden said it "could still be in America" but clarified that he was not "completely sure where it is."

Chlorinated Chickens at anti-Trump protest in London
Demonstrators dressed as chickens at an anti-Donald Trump rally in London. Global Justice Now

But he added that, to the best of his knowledge, the blimp would not be at the anti-Trump protests in Trafalgar Square today.

"We didn't get it tonight. I know people really like it, but hopefully there will be lots of other things for people to look at tonight," he said.

A Stop Trump Coalition spokesperson also confirmed that they were "not expecting" the blimp to appear at this protest.

Although the Baby Trump blimp is due to be absent from the London demonstration today, Dearden said chlorinated chickens would be making a return to the barricades.

The director of Global Justice Now, a founding group of the Stop Trump Coalition in the U.K., told Newsweek: "We did the chickens on the last demonstration and they were very popular so we're bringing them back for this demonstration."

In the U.K., chlorinated chicken has come to resemble concerns among some that the country's departure from the European Union could lead to food quality standards being reduced. At present, washing chicken in chlorine is banned under EU regulations.

Speaking about the focus point of the protest in London today, Dearden said: "This time the focus is on the present danger that Trump represents. Because when we looked through those papers last week, it wasn't just a threat to the NHS but food standards and our ability to regulate corporations."

In an emailed statement, Shaista Aziz from the Stop Trump Coalition also said: "[Boris] Johnson is following in Trump's footsteps in making our politics ever more divisive and toxic. We reject Trumpism in Britain and the USA, and we reject Trump's plans for our NHS and country."

Newsweek has contacted the Department for International Trade and the Conservative Party for comment.

Voters in the U.K. are set to choose who they want to be their prime minister when they go to the polls on December 12.

A little more than a week away from the vote, The Financial Times' general election poll tracker puts the Conservative Party ahead with 43 percent of voter support while the Labour Party polls at 33 percent.