Peo­ple power Prom­e­nade packed as pro-eu pro­test­ers make chain

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PRO-EU demon­stra­tors formed a hu­man chain in Chel­tenham town cen­tre, in re­sponse to in­creas­ing po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty and ‘chaos,’ as the ‘threat’ of no-deal Brexit in­creases.

Groups from across all ar­eas of Glouces­ter­shire met out­side Cavendish House in the Prom­e­nade, on Sat­ur­day in the first coun­ty­wide demon­stra­tion.

The hour-long event saw peo­ple form a hu­man chain, and write chalk mes­sages on the pave­ment for MPS in West­min­ster.

The di­verse crowd, hosted by Chelt4eu­rope in­cluded peo­ple who trav­elled from all cor­ners of the county in­clud­ing Glostays (Stroud and Cirences­ter), Tewkes­bury-4eu­rope, Glouces­ter-4eu­rope and Cotswolds4-europe and tweets have shown vis­i­tors were also at­tracted from Bris­tol and Worces­ter­shire too.

Chel­tenham cam­paigner Sarah Daly came up with the idea and tested it on Col­lege Green in West­min­ster on Valen­tine’s Day where the reg­u­lar protest crowd had gath­ered for votes on amend­ments.

The crowd quickly formed into a hu­man chain and it be­came clear that be­ing part of a chain, rather than just in a crowd, cre­ated even greater strength as well as a vis­ual spec­ta­cle.

“We were keen to bring the county to­gether ahead of the ‘Put it to the Peo­ple’ march on March 23 in Lon­don” she said.

“It would be amaz­ing if we can form hu­man chains with the up to 1 mil­lion peo­ple who are ex­pected.”

Pic­tures: Anna Lyth­goe

The anti-brexit cam­paign­ers gather to­gether in the Prom­e­nade

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