Marchers still wave flags for Europe in anti-brexit protest

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Police Chief - By Ly­dia Chantler-hicks lchantler­[email protected]­m­ @ly­di­akm_

Anti-brexit cam­paign­ers staged an­other flash mob protest in the cen­tre of Can­ter­bury on Satur­day, but num­bers were down on a si­m­il­iar event last month.

Dozens of pro-eu flag-wav­ing demon­stra­tors gath­ered in the But­ter­mar­ket to make a stand against the re­sult of the EU ref­er­en­dum and the trig­ger­ing of our exit from the Euro­pean Union.

Last month, a sim­i­lar event out­side Pri­mark in White­fri­ars at­tracted around 100 sup­port­ers.

But or­gan­is­ers say flu and poor weather this week­end led to a smaller turnout than they had hoped for.

Event co- or­di­na­tor Louise Hum­mer­stone said: “I’m very, very an­gry about Brexit. I was mo­ti­vated to do some­thing about it when I heard Iain Dun­can Smith say ‘we’re all Brex­i­teers now’. That’s not true.

“I’ve been on a lot of marches in London and Manch­ester, and I de­cided that Can­ter­bury needed an event.”

One of the demon­stra­tors was Jonathan Barnes, ex-head teacher of St Peter’s Methodist Pri­mary School, who has lived in Can­ter­bury for 46 years.

He ex­plained: “I think any­thing that pro­motes friend­ship and re­la­tion­ships be­tween na­tions is a bet­ter thing than that which pro­motes iso­la­tion.

“I know there are faults in the EU. Every­body knows there are faults in the EU, but that ges­ture of to­geth­er­ness and of shared cul­ture, of shared ideals, shared as­pi­ra­tions, is ac­tu­ally more im­por­tant than be­ing sep­a­rate. Sim­ple as that.”

As the protest took place at noon, those tak­ing part sang the ‘An­them of Europe’ – based on com­poser Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

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PRO-EU demon­stra­tors at the flash mob event in the But­ter­mar­ket, in Can­ter­bury

Protest co-or­di­na­tor Louise Hum­mer­stone

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