Balloon poking fun at Mayor Sadiq Khan flies over London

2018-09-01 14:26
A blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. (Yanny Bruere, via AP)

A blimp of London Mayor Sadiq Khan. (Yanny Bruere, via AP)

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A giant balloon depicting London Mayor Sadiq Khan dressed in a yellow bikini has been launched over Parliament Square.

A small group of supporters watched the inflatable take to the skies. The crowd cheered and shouted, "higher, higher, higher" as the balloon was launched Saturday.

Some wore T-shirts saying, "Make London safe again."

Organizers had raised more than 58,000 pounds ($75,000) to create the blimp in a protest against Khan's policies.

It was meant as a rebuke to Khan, who had earlier backed protesters' right to launch a balloon depicting U.S. President Donald Trump as an angry baby during his July visit to Britain.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Khan's handling of security and crime in London. Khan is London's first Muslim mayor.

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