Crowds gather at George Square to protest against the decision to suspend Parliament

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Crowds gather at George Square to protest against the decision to suspend Parliament

Michelle Woods  

 

Jeremy Corbyn was among the thousands that gathered in Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday, to take part in a rally against Boris Johnson’s decision to end the current parliamentary session, and against a no-deal Brexit.

 

 

The pro-European atmosphere in Glasgow’s George Square

Similar protests took place throughout the UK, after the request to suspend Parliament was given royal assent earlier in the week.

As the crowd gathered, chants of “Stop the Coup” could be heard, while “democracy is dead” placards were raised. 

“Fundamentally, this is an issue about democracy.”

Speaking to the crowd in Glasgow, Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn said:

“what is happening in this country is that Boris Johnston as Prime Minister is undertaking a smash and grab raid against our democracy.

“Demonstrations are taking place everywhere because people are angered and outraged.

“The Tory party is trying to hijack the needs, aims, and aspirations of 65 million people. Well, think on Boris, it’s not on!

“Fundamentally, this is an issue about democracy.”

The busy event was awash with saltires and stars, sending a clear message of opposition towards leaving the EU without a deal, and Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament.

Protesters

Workers from the NHS were keen to voice messages of support for health services to remain publically-funded. NHS worker, Claire Weir said:

“I’m not willing to let Boris Johnson or the Tories privatise our healthcare.

Save our services say NHS Staff

“I am trying to gather as many signatures as possible from people who have been helped by the NHS, which let’s face it, is basically everybody.

“I’m not willing to go down without a fight to save it.”

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