Obama Visits United Kingdom amid Protests

London, May 24 (Prensa Latina) U.S. President Barack Obama begins a visit to the United Kingdom on Tuesday amid tensions resulting from a demonstration by the British chapter of the Stop the War coalition. In front of Buckingham Palace, where Obama is staying for two days, activists planned to express their opposition to the three wars the U.S. statesman is now leading: in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Linsey German, a leader of Stop the War, said it was shameful that the Nobel Peace laureate has attacked six countries in the two years he has been in office.

In that respect, he has gone beyond his predecessor, George W. Bush, she said.

Activists also planned to join the demonstration from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and other nongovernmental associations demanding Britain’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and an end to NATO bombings on Libya.

The U.S. president arrived in London on Monday night, where he had planned to arrive today, but was forced to come early from Dublin, Ireland due to the risk posed by ashes from eruption of the Grymsvoetn volcano in Iceland.

Obama expects to meet today with British Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the Middle East situation, the war in Afghanistan and the NATO invasion of Libya.

Also on his list is a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband.

After his visit here, Obama will travel to Deauville, France, to attend the G8 Summit.

He will conclude his European tour in Poland, where he will hold bilateral talks with authorities from that country, an ally of Washington in the Central European region.

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