LONDON – In the annals of British political protest, the giant balloon is the current weapon of choice.
A month ago, protesters hoisted a giant inflatable of President Trump in a diaper and flew it near Parliament – a demonstration given by the mayor of London.
On Saturday morning, a Briton who says Mayor Sadiq Khan is not doing enough to fight crime has returned the favor and launched a giant balloon from Mr. Khan near Westminster on Saturday. 19659002] The new 29-foot dinghy is the brainchild of Yanny Bruere, who says he is a freelance lawyer outraged by rising crime. On his crowdfunding page he wrote: "With the Donald Trump" Baby Trump "balloon flying over London during his visit to the UK, let's get a" Baby Khan "and see if FREE SPEECH applies to everyone Mr. Khan and the London Assembly will agree. "
The mayor spoke on Thursday in a segment on ITV London about the planned balloon launch: "If people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini, they can do that, I do not really think yellow is my color
A group of online investigators named Bellingcat has linked Mr. Bruere to deleted Twitter accounts that spread antisemitism and conspiracy theories. The idea of a Khan balloon was celebrated online by trump and pro-Brexit groups and by anti-Islamic commentators in the United States and Britain.
Mr. Bruere did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the BellingCat claims sent by Facebook on Saturday. But he told Sky News that the "tweets were taken out of context" and that the accounts were deleted eight months ago. He also criticized what he said was an effort to punish him for exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Commentators who called the brown-skinned, hookless balloon image of Mr. Khan a racist cartoon, Mr. Bruere replied : "Could we have made him white, or black?
He also wrote: "How can I be" just right "to do exactly the same thing the Trump organizers did? They do everything they can to silence you if you are not on the agenda.
A Town Hall spokesman did not respond to an e-mail asking if the officials had known Mr. Bruere's background
On Saturday, the crowdfunding site had more than £ 59,000, more than $ 76,000 Dollars collected for Mr. Bruere's "Make London Safe Again" campaign, reminiscent of the motto of Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign.
The original balloon plan seems to have been an inflatable "Baby Khan" in The bikini is obviously an allusion to the mayor's decision to ban what the authorities have called body-shaming advertising in 2016, such as the Beach Body Ready campaign with a woman in law a yellow bikini stationed on the London Underground
Pro Brexit groups such as British Voice, American anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller and British writer and provocateur K atie Hopkins promoted the balloon launch online. Ms. Hopkins wrote on Twitter last week: "Dear @ POTUS – You will love this great work from @YannyBruere – demanding Sadiq Khan #MakeLondonSafeAgain.Khan does NOT speak for real British."
The Mayor and Mr. Trump have a long-standing feud: Mr. Khan has beaten Mr. Trump for his rebellious remarks about Muslims and Mr. Trump, and his son Donald Trump Jr. has accused the mayor of being weak in crime and terrorism be.
After a long period of constant decline in violent crime, London has experienced an increase this year, averaging more than three murders on the city
Analysts say the rise in violent crime is due to factors such as rivalries between drug gangs, cuts youth services and social programs and the ease with which teenagers can mock and provoke social media.  Since 2017, the city has developed strategies to combat knife crime, and charities such as Word 4 Weapons have exhibited knife collection boxes throughout London.
In April, after six people were killed in shootings and stabbings in seven days, Mr. Khan said he supported the use of "tar" stop-and-search by the London police. Hundreds of other officers were deployed throughout the city. In June, lawmakers introduced the offensive weapon Bill to ban the online sale of several types of tactical knives.
Those behind the balloon campaign appear to have been paralyzed by the fact that any inflatable model representing Mr. Khan would need to be approved by the Mayor's Office to fly near Parliament. On Thursday, a spokesman for the mayor said that the Town Hall actually gave Mr. Bruere permission to fly the balloon near Parliament Square Garden from 9:30 am to 11:30 am local time.
The Metropolitan Police and the BBC also signed national air traffic.