Tens of thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday in what has been described as Britain’s biggest anti-nuclear weapons demonstration in a generation.
Organized by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and backed by Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Caroline Lucas, the rally comes ahead of a parliamentary decision on whether or not to replace Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system.
Protesters opposing the renewal of UK’s expensive nuclear deterrent say there are better ways to spend the taxpayers’ billions.
‘We are not alone,’ Jeremy Corbyn told the crowd. ‘There are many people around the world…who have wanted a non-nuclear future for their country and their planet.’
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People gathered Saturday noon at Marble Arch, and headed for Trafalgar Square, turning central London into a sea of banners. The movement’s #StopTrident hashtag has been trending on Twitter.
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“Tens of thousands” took to the streets, according to the Evening Standard.
People arrived to attend the London march not only from across the UK, but also from around the world, the Guardian reported, saying that there were protesters from as far away as Australia.
Many have been chanting “Cameron out, Corbyn in!” expressing their support for the Labour opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
Addressing the protesters in Trafalgar Square, Corbyn thanked the thousands-strong crowd “for wanting a peaceful future for this country and the rest of the world.”
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“Everyone who is about to make a decision on what we do about our nuclear weapons, should think about the humanitarian effects on wholly innocent people anywhere across this globe if they are ever used,” the Labour leader said, adding that peace in the modern world cannot be achieved “by planning for war and grabbing each other’s resources, and not respecting each other’s human rights.”
Other politicians, as well as academics and celebrities have joined the anti-nuclear campaigners in the national march, which was organized by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
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