‘Shame on you’ chant thousands protesting across UK against Parliament shut down

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#StopThe Coup protests have been taking place across the UK
#StopThe Coup protests have been taking place across the (Pictures: EPA/Getty)

Thousands have taken to the streets of the UK to protest against Boris Johnson’s controversial suspension of Parliament.

Chants of ‘shame on you’ can be heard echoing through Downing Street on Saturday afternoon as areas around Westminster have been brought to a standstill.

A big crowd of demonstrators have also occupied Trafalgar Square, with some sitting in the middle of the road, while Westminster Bridge has been blocked off with many shouting: ‘If you shut down our Parliament, we shut down your bridge.’

Around 32 #StopTheCoup planned protests, organised by anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible, kicked off just after midday today – and more are expected in the coming days.

Protesters have occupied streets of around 11 cities up and down the UK, which were triggered by the PM’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline.

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Anti-no-deal MPs have argued the suspension of Parliament, until October 14, is an attempt to shorten the amount of time they have to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was proudly among protesters in Glasgow telling large-scale crowds that the PM is trying to ‘hijack the needs, aims and aspirations’ of UK citizens, adding ‘we’re not having it’.

Protesters taking part in the 'Let Us Vote' day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen's Speech on October 14. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Westminster has been brought to a standstill (Picture: PA)
epa07806950 Anti Brexit protesters outside Downing Street in Whitehall during a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London, Britain, 31 August 2019. Several 'Stop The Coup' protests are taking place across Britain on 31 August against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
Many could be heard shouting ‘shame on you’ in Downing Street (Picture: EPA)
epa07806892 Anti-Brexit protesters outside Downing Street in Whitehall take part in a rally against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London, Britain, 31 August 2019. Several 'Stop The Coup' protests are taking place across Britain on 31 August against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
Thousands came armed with DIY protest signs (Picture: EPA)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 31: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joins hundreds of protestors during a Stop the Coup protest in George Square on August 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. Left-wing group Momentum, remain group Another Europe is Possible and the People's Assembly coordinate a series of "Stop The Coup" protests across the UK aimed at Boris Johnson and the UK government proroguing Parliament. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Jeremy Corbyn told Glasgow protesters the suspension was ‘not on’ (Picture: Getty)
Protesters in Bristol 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
One woman in Bristol got her message across in a simpler way (Picture: PA)
Protesters taking part in the 'Let Us Vote' day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen's Speech on October 14. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Others made parody signs of the prime minister (Picture: PA)
Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate at George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, August 31, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Many in Glasgow called it the death of British democracy (Picture: Reuters)

Speaking in the city’s George Square, he said: ‘I’m proud to be here with all of you supporting that, to say to no way, it’s our Parliament.

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‘No way do you take us out without a deal – we will stop you and give the people their rights and their say to determine their future.’

He said he is backing the protests all over the country, adding: ‘Demonstrations are taking place everywhere because people are angered and outraged about what is happening.

‘Angered that the Government and a Prime Minister elected by 93,000 members of the Tory party is trying to hijack the needs, aims and aspirations of 65 million people.

‘Well think on Boris, it’s not on and we’re not having it.’

Alena Ivanova, from Another Europe Is Possible, said the daily protests must ‘grow into the millions’ in ‘the centre of every town in the country’.

She added: ‘Today’s protests are the beginning of something huge – they have been inspiring, full of youth and diversity and energy.’

Protesters stop for lunch in Bristol while taking 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
#StopTheCoup protests are taking place across the UK for the duration of Saturday (Picture: PA)
Protesters taking part in the 'Let Us Vote' day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen's Speech on October 14. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Thousands have been heard chanting at the PM (Picture: PA)
Protesters taking part in the 'Let Us Vote' day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen's Speech on October 14. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Many showed up to condemn the actions of the PM over his handling of Brexit (Picture: PA)

Left-wing campaign group Momentum has called on its members to ‘occupy bridges and blockade roads’ in conjunction with unrest on the streets.

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Protesters also gathered outside Oxford University’s Balliol College, which was attended by Mr Johnson, to condemn his handling of Brexit.

Lesley McKie, who was at the college with her family, criticised the ‘undemocratic actions of Boris Johnson and (senior adviser) Dominic Cummings’.

Denouncing the Prime Minister outside the institution where he established his ‘political profile’ sends ‘a powerful message to Johnson and others leading this coup’, she added.

Meanwhile, Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has also addressed London protesters from a stage near Downing Street.

She told the crowds: ‘We cannot allow Boris Johnson to shut down Parliament and to shut down the voice of ordinary British people.’

epa07806944 A pro Brexit protester with a British flag walks among anti Brexit protesters past Downing Street in Whitehall during a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London, Britain, 31 August 2019. Several 'Stop The Coup' protests are taking place across Britain on 31 August against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
Critics say the suspension of Parliament has been done to stop MPs block a no-deal Brexit (Picture: EPA)
epa07806947 An Anti Brexit protester with a banner 'We won't stop until we reach DEMOCRACY via Coup End' outside Downing Street in Whitehall during a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London, Britain, 31 August 2019. Several 'Stop The Coup' protests are taking place across Britain on 31 August against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
The actions have been slammed as ‘undemocratic’ (Picture: EPA)
Thousands of protestors line the streets alongWhitehall, London, England, UK on Saturday 31 August 2019 in protest against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament to facilitate a No Deal Brexit. Picture by Justin Ng/UPPA/Avalon.
Protest organisers have called for more demonstrations to be held daily (Picture: Avalon)
epa07806932 Anti Brexit protesters outside Downing Street in Whitehall during a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London, Britain, 31 August 2019. Several 'Stop The Coup' protests are taking place across Britain on 31 August against Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament. EPA/VICKIE FLORES
Protests have taken place in around 11 cities today (Picture: EPA)
Protesters in Bristol 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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 31, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
But the PM insists the move had nothing to do with Brexit (Picture: PA)

Chris McHugh, 33, who works for Labour MP Liz Twist and was demonstrating in Newcastle, said the protest is about ‘protecting democracy’.

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He added: ‘The fact that thousands have taken to the streets of Newcastle today is so telling.’

Protests are being held in cities including York, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Swansea, Leeds, Belfast and Aberdeen.

Many are also occupying towns such as Bodmin in Cornwall and Clitheroe in Lancashire.

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