Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smarter for 10; DONALD TRUMP'S IS HARDLY THE FIRST STATE VISIT TO HAVE CAUSED OUTRAGE. MARION McMULLEN LOOKS BACK AT POLITICAL PROTESTS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smarter for 10; DONALD TRUMP'S IS HARDLY THE FIRST STATE VISIT TO HAVE CAUSED OUTRAGE. MARION McMULLEN LOOKS BACK AT POLITICAL PROTESTS

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Byline: MARION McMULLEN

i come in? 1can MORE than a million people have signed a petition in protest at plans for a state visit by new American president Donald Trump later this year. Britain has previously held off from offering a state visit until well into a president's term in office. Barack Obama only received an invitation after 758 days, while it took 978 days before his predecessor, George W Bush, was offered a state visit, in comparison to seven days for Mr Trump.

wants to lock the door? 2who LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn, senior Tory MPs, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other opposition politicians have also called for the state visit to be cancelled in light of Trump's controversial travel ban.

3 who got the silent treatment? EMPEROR HIROHITO, Japan's wartime head of state, made his first state visit to Britain in 1971. Former prisoners of war protested by standing in silence as his carriage drove past. Some turned their backs on the emperor and wore red gloves to symbolise war deaths, other whistled the Second World War march, Colonel Bogey.

for hide and seek? 4anyone ROMANIA'S Nicolae Ceausescu took part in the first state visit by a Communist head of state in the UK. The Queen took drastic steps to avoid the dictator and, according to royal author Robert Hardman, hid behind a bush when she spotted him and his wife heading in her direction when she was walking her dogs in the Palace gardens.

turned their backs? 5who JUST like his father in 1971, Japan's Emperor Akihito met obvious hostility on London's streets from British prisoners of war. They turned their backs on him, while other jeered him.

it a cold war? 6was VLADIMIR PUTIN'S historic trip in 2003 was the first by a Russian head of state since Tsar Nicholas I in 1843. Amnesty International and other human rights groups used the visit to highlight ongoing reports of killings, rape and torture by Russian forces in Chechnya. …

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