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Hundreds of protesters take to streets to rally against Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament

Protesters have started to gather ahead of threats to disrupt 32 cities across the country today – in protest against the Prime Minister’s plan to suspend Parliament.  

Thousands are expected to flood the streets of Britain today, with protests planned in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.  

The first few protesters gathered in London at around 11.30am, following a rallying call from Jeremy Corbyn who declared activists were ‘right to take to the streets’.

Several protesters were seen outside Downing Street in Whitehall for the ‘stop the coup’ protests organised by Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible.

And left-wing group Momentum is calling on its members to ‘occupy bridges and blockade roads’ in conjunction with unrest on the streets. 

Elsewhere in York, protesters gathered to campaign against the prorogation of parliament donning European berets and carrying placards.  

Hundreds have gathered in Newcastle to take part in a demonstration against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14

Protesters taking part in the 'Stop the coup' day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London. One holds up a placard reading 'glowning street' as she stands outside Downing Street

Protesters taking part in the ‘Stop the coup’ day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London. One holds up a placard reading ‘glowning street’ as she stands outside Downing Street

Placards were held aloft as protesters gathered outside Downing Street today to campaign against the suspension of parliament

Placards were held aloft as protesters gathered outside Downing Street today to campaign against the suspension of parliament

The first few protesters gathered in London at around 11.30am, following a rallying call from Jeremy Corbyn who declared activists were ‘right to take to the streets’ (pictured, outside Downing Street)

The first few protesters gathered in London at around 11.30am, following a rallying call from Jeremy Corbyn who declared activists were ‘right to take to the streets’ (pictured, outside Downing Street)

Anti Brexit protesters from 'Stop the Coup' movement demonstrate outside Downing Street in London (pictured, a woman with a sign reading 'Clowning Street')

Anti Brexit protesters from ‘Stop the Coup’ movement demonstrate outside Downing Street in London (pictured, a woman with a sign reading ‘Clowning Street’)

Dozens of protesters were seen outside Downing Street in Whitehall for the 'Stop the Coup' protests organised by Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible

Dozens of protesters were seen outside Downing Street in Whitehall for the ‘Stop the Coup’ protests organised by Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible

One protesters holds a placard reading 'democracy ain't dead' as he stands outside Downing Street to campaign against the Government's plan to prorogue parliament

One protesters holds a placard reading ‘democracy ain’t dead’ as he stands outside Downing Street to campaign against the Government’s plan to prorogue parliament

Organisers are hoping hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets today after a series of demonstrations yesterday evening.

They included Shrewsbury, Shropshire where some 200 people gathered in a spontaneous rally against Mr Johnson’s plans.

Today, campaigners are planning protests in cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Swansea, Leeds, Belfast, Bristol and Aberdeen.    

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday encouraged people to join, tweeting: ‘The public outrage at Boris Johnson shutting down democracy has been deafening. 

‘People are right to take to the streets – and I encourage everyone to join the demonstrations in London and across the country tomorrow.’ 

While Shadow chancellor John McDonnell urged Labour MPs to join the nationwide protest, calling the Prime Minister’s decision to close Parliament for up to five weeks an attempt ‘to shut down democracy’.

‘As elected Labour MPs across the country represent their constituents by joining in these protests, I urge other MPs to think of their constituents whose jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk in a no-deal Brexit,’ Mr McDonnell said.

‘If Boris Johnson wants a mandate, then he should call a general election and put it to the people.’ 

Anti-Brexit protesters gather outside Downing Street in Whitehall ahead of a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London today

Anti-Brexit protesters gather outside Downing Street in Whitehall ahead of a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London today

Organisers are hoping hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets on Saturday after a series of demonstrations yesterday evening - (pictured, protesters start to arrive)

Organisers are hoping hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets on Saturday after a series of demonstrations yesterday evening – (pictured, protesters start to arrive) 

An anti-Brexit protester holds up a placard featuring political strategist Dominic Cummings and Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she joins others to protests against the suspension of parliament today

An anti-Brexit protester holds up a placard featuring political strategist Dominic Cummings and Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she joins others to protests against the suspension of parliament today 

Another protesters holds up a placard reading 'defend democracy: resist the parliament shutdown' as she joins others to rally against the prorogation of parliament

Another protesters holds up a placard reading ‘defend democracy: resist the parliament shutdown’ as she joins others to rally against the prorogation of parliament

Hundreds of placards lie in wait, as organisers hope thousands of demonstrators will turn out to rally against the suspension of parliament

Hundreds of placards lie in wait, as organisers hope thousands of demonstrators will turn out to rally against the suspension of parliament

Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, (pictured) is one of the leading figures behind protests in 30 UK cities including a march on Downing Street, that could possibly go to Buckingham Palace

Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, (pictured) is one of the leading figures behind protests in 30 UK cities including a march on Downing Street, that could possibly go to Buckingham Palace

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday encourage people to join, tweeting: 'The public outrage at Boris Johnson shutting down democracy has been deafening' (pictured, his tweet)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday encourage people to join, tweeting: ‘The public outrage at Boris Johnson shutting down democracy has been deafening’ (pictured, his tweet)

The shadow chancellor is due to address youth movements at the main London protest at Downing Street on Saturday, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he will speak at a ‘major rally’ in Salford. 

There will be rallies in smaller places including Bodmin, Cornwall, and Clotheroe, Lancashire, as well as Amsterdam’s Dam Square and the outside the British Embassy in Riga, Latvia.

Further mass demonstrations, organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, are planned to take place on Tuesday to coincide with MPs returning to Westminster.

And the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, due to take place on Thursday, has been cancelled over safety concerns of the dogs and MPs taking part.

Both pro and anti-Brexit protesters clashed on Wednesday after the Queen approved an order that will see Parliament suspended for more than one month.

There were a series of demonstrations yesterday evening including in Shrewsbury (pictured), where some 200 people gathered in a spontaneous rally against Mr Johnson's plans

There were a series of demonstrations yesterday evening including in Shrewsbury (pictured), where some 200 people gathered in a spontaneous rally against Mr Johnson’s plans

There will be rallies in smaller places including Bodmin, Cornwall, and Clotheroe, Lancashire, as well as Amsterdam's Dam Square and the outside the British Embassy in Riga, Latvia (pictured, a rally in Shrewsbury, Shropshire yesterday)

There will be rallies in smaller places including Bodmin, Cornwall, and Clotheroe, Lancashire, as well as Amsterdam’s Dam Square and the outside the British Embassy in Riga, Latvia (pictured, a rally in Shrewsbury, Shropshire yesterday)

Mr Corbyn (pictured in Calderbank, near Glasgow) tweeted: ‘People are right to take to the streets – and I encourage everyone to join the demonstrations in London and across the country'

Mr Corbyn (pictured in Calderbank, near Glasgow) tweeted: ‘People are right to take to the streets – and I encourage everyone to join the demonstrations in London and across the country’

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell (pictured at a protest in London this week) urged Labour MPs to join the nationwide protest, calling the Prime Minister's decision to close Parliament for up to five weeks an attempt 'to shut down democracy'

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell (pictured at a protest in London this week) urged Labour MPs to join the nationwide protest, calling the Prime Minister’s decision to close Parliament for up to five weeks an attempt ‘to shut down democracy’ 

Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, is one of the leading figures behind protests in 32 UK cities that will culminate in a march on Downing Street, and possibly even Buckingham Palace

Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, is one of the leading figures behind protests in 32 UK cities that will culminate in a march on Downing Street, and possibly even Buckingham Palace

Laura Parker, Momentum’s national co-ordinator, called the proroguing of Parliament a ‘loophole in our flawed democracy’.

‘There are thousands of people from all over the UK and across the political spectrum who will protest to stop Johnson closing the doors on our democracy,’ she said.

‘No-one voted for this, and it’s clear we need to urgently redesign our system to rebalance power away from the top.’

Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, is one of the leading figures behind protests in 30 UK cities including a march on Downing Street, that could possibly go to Buckingham Palace. 

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Chessum, said that ‘disruption is the only form of leverage protesters can rely on’ and added: ‘We would go further than anticipate (civil disobedience). We would defend it.’ 

The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up in the wake of the Labour MP’s murder in 2016, warned that anger over Brexit ‘should not spill over into something more dangerous’.

The foundation said: ‘We believe strongly in freedom of speech. But we would urge everybody to avoid saying or doing anything that could incite or lead to violence.’

The calls for protests come as a petition against the Prime Minister’s plan to suspend Parliament racked up more than 1.64 million signatures early on Saturday morning.

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