Thousands of placard-waving Corbyn-backed demonstrators protest against Parliament shutdown

THOUSANDS of placard-waving, Corbyn-backed demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest the Parliament shutdown.

Organisers have called on people to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” in an attempt to force the Government’s hand into reversing prorogation in a bid to get Brexit through.

Two young protesters were among the crowds today
Two young protesters were among the crowds today
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A woman holds up a sign calling for Boris to go
A woman holds up a sign calling for Boris to go
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The protests were sparked by the decision to shutdown Parliament
The protests were sparked by the decision to shutdown Parliament
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Thousands of people are expected to join the protest today
Thousands of people are expected to join the protest today
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Activists have been called on to “march to Buckingham Palace and protest the Queen” in a protest against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament in his bid to deliver Brexit.

And protest signs, bearing signs including “Stop Boris” and “Defend Democracy” were seen along the streets of London this morning ahead of the protests.

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

Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible has planned 32 #StopTheCoup protests to take place in England, Scotland and Wales.

And Jeremy Corbyn threw his support behind the protests, saying: “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.”

A man and woman hold up their signs as they prepare for the protest
A man and woman hold up their signs as they prepare for the protest
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But the PM blasted the mob, saying they should respect the views of the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit in 2016.

He told Sky News:  “My message to them is that I think the worst thing for democracy now would be to cancel the referendum which is what some people are now suggesting – to nullify, to annul that result, to tell people that they were going to be ignored, after all the promises that have been made.

“It will do lasting and catastrophic damage to the major parties in this country and I think this political generation won’t be forgiven for failing to honour that promise.”

It comes after it was revealed one of the organisers of the protests is a hard-leftist who called Remembrance Sunday “insidious”.

Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, is one of the leaders calling for activists to “march to Buckingham Palace and protest the Queen”.

He is most well-known for boycotting Remembrance Sunday while he was president of the University of London student’s union – calling the event a “political statement” and “insidious”.

Speaking yesterday in the wake of today’s anti-Brexit protests, he said “disruption is the only form of leverage protesters can rely on”.

He added: “We would go further than anticipate (civil disobedience). We would defend it.”

Momentum has called on their members to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” in an attempt to force the Government’s hand into reversing prorogation.

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The Chancellor was said to be “absolutely furious” and raised his voice as he clashed with the PM over the decision to fire Treasury aide Sonia Khanon the spot over allegations she was leaking Brexit secrets to former boss Philip Hammond.

But this morning he appeared to back down as he insisted he and the PM had a “fantastic relationship”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme today, he refused to comment further on speculation he had butted heads with the PM.

He said: “I am not going to discuss any personnel issues, it would be inappropriate.

“I think my views are well understood.

“The relationship is fantastic with the Prime Minister.”

However, the foundation in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in broad daylight by Nazi-obsessed murderer Thomas Mair before the 2016 Brexit vote, has called on protesters not to let their anger turn to violence.

The foundation said: “Emotions are running very high across the country this weekend, with many people extremely angry about the latest parliamentary moves over Brexit.

“While this is understandable, we are concerned that this anger should not spill over into something more dangerous.”

The Stop the Soup protests were organised after Boris Johnson revealed parliament would be shutdown
The Stop the Soup protests were organised after Boris Johnson revealed parliament would be shutdown
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Police could be seen standing on the streets ahead of the protests
Police could be seen standing on the streets ahead of the protests
London News Pictures
Protest signs line the street ahead of the demonstrations
Protest signs line the street ahead of the demonstrations
London News Pictures
Protesters hold up signs showing 'defend democracy'
Protesters hold up signs showing ‘defend democracy’
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Protesters said they would be willing to march, strike and occupy to get their point across
Protesters said they would be willing to march, strike and occupy to get their point across
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Men and women wear traffic cones on their heads
Men and women wear traffic cones on their heads
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Protests are seen here in London, with more expected around the country today
Protests are seen here in London, with more expected around the country today
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