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Around 50,000 peo­ple joined The Peo­ple's March for Europe rally in London on Satur­day (Septem­ber 9) that ended out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment. The event marks the start of the ‘au­tumn of dis­con­tent’.

THE PEO­PLE’S March for Europe rally took place on Satur­day (Septem­ber 9) in London, mark­ing a start to the ‘au­tumn of dis­con­tent’.

The event at­tracted an es­ti­mated 50,000 peo­ple in­clud­ing speak­ers from all ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties - Con­ser­va­tives, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens.

Or­gan­is­ers re­ported that they united un­der the pro-EU ban­ner of ‘re­think and re­ject Brexit’.

Af­ter the rally they noted that news out­lets across the UK, Europe and the world ‘took no­tice’.

“We showed that the pub­lic is deeply un­happy with Brexit and the way this coun­try is head­ing,” they stated. “This fight isn’t just about to­day, it’s about to­mor­row and the fu­ture we cre­ate for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.”

Gra­ham Hughes, one of the spokes­peo­ple for the march, stated: “It’s im­por­tant not just to al­low peo­ple to ex­press their demo­cratic right to protest, but to show peo­ple that they’re not pow­er­less and they are not alone.

“I’m talk­ing about the mil­lions who are ter­ri­fied of what a post-Brexit Bri­tain will look like, the mil­lions who are deeply con­cerned about their chil­dren's and grand-chil­dren’s fu­ture in an in­creas­ingly iso­lated and in­tol­er­ant Bri­tain, the mil­lions who feel a deep shame at our ar­ro­gance and stu­pid­ity in think­ing that ‘we can stand on our own two feet’.

The au­tumn of dis­con­tent marches and demon­stra­tions are tak­ing place across the UK to protest against the gov­ern­ment's plans to with­draw from the EU.

The sec­ond of these took place on Wed­nes­day, with the Bri­tish in Europe and the3mil­lion Mass Lobby in London.

Bre­main in Spain's Sue Wil­son, who lives in the Va­len­cia re­gion, said: “It was great to see so many MPs at the Mass Lobby and rally yes­ter­day, pledg­ing their sup­port on cit­i­zens’ rights.

“The three mil­lion EU cit­i­zens in the UK and 1.5 mil­lion Bri­tish cit­i­zens in the EU are still liv­ing in fear and anx­i­ety, wait­ing for re­as­sur­ance that their rights and free­doms will be pro­tected. We have been treated as bar­gain­ing chips for too long and enough is enough.

“Bre­main in Spain will keep fight­ing to pro­tect the rights of all cit­i­zens, but the best way to achieve that is to stop Brexit al­to­gether.”

Fu­ture dates are as fol­lows: Septem­ber 17 - #StopBrexit March, Bournemouth; Septem­ber 24 - #Stopbrexit March, Brighton; Oc­to­ber 1 - #StopBrexit Na­tional March, Manch­ester; Oc­to­ber 1 - Street Party, Manch­ester for Europe, Manch­ester; Oc­to­ber 1 - Labour against Brexit March, Manch­ester; Oc­to­ber 14 - 12 re­gional ral­lies across the UK.

DPA

Pro-EU demon­stra­tors take to the streets of London

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