Hundreds of protesters join ‘yellow vest’ inspired march in London

Hundreds of protesters join ‘yellow vest’ inspired march in London

Pro-Brexit demonstrators wearing yellow vests protest in Westminster on January 12, 2019 in London.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Protesters have gathered in London for a “yellow vest” inspired anti-austerity march.

The demonstration was organised by The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, which is calling for a general election.

The protesters marched from the BBC’s Broadcasting House towards Trafalgar Square.

National organiser Ramona McCartney said the protest was an attempt to "take back the political space taken up by Brexit".

Ms McCartney said protesters also wanted to show "solidarity with the left and working class in France by wearing the yellow vests today".

France has seen weeks of nationwide anti-austerity demonstrations by the "gilets jaune" movement.


'We stand ready to take power'

Yellow vest protestors take part in an anti-austerity demonstration to call for a general election in London. 

Protesters wore yellow vests with slogans such as “Britain is Broken” on the back.

People carrying drums prepared to march and political songs were being sung.

Speaking at the rally in Trafalgar Square, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told crowds that years of austerity were “tearing apart the very social fabric” of the UK.

He added that he expected MPs to defeat Prime Minister Theresa’s Brexit deal at Tuesday’s vote.

Mr McDonnell then read out a message from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to the crowd.

He said: "We need a general election now to bring about the fairer, more equal society we all want to live in and we stand ready to take power."