Published On: Sat, Aug 31st, 2019

Brexit news: London protest against Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament called by Momentum | UK | News


However it has emerged one of the key organisers behind the demonstrations, Momentum activist Michael Chessum, once boycotted Remembrance Sunday commemorations which he termed “insidious” and a “political statement”. Organisers expect hundreds of thousands to take to the streets across Britain today, with the biggest protest expected outside Downing Street in London. 

Demonstrations are also planned in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Newcastle and a host of other cities.

The action is being organised by anti-Brexit group Another Europe Is Possible, founded by Mr Chessum, and is supported by Momentum and senior Labour Party figures.

In 2013, whilst President of the University of London students’ union, Mr Chessum refused to attend a Remembrance Sunday event commenting “we regard the ceremony as a political statement” according to The Daily Telegraph.

He wrote “it is insidious and it is deeply political” and compared the attendance of politicians to “murderers holding special funerals for their victims”.

Speaking yesterday Mr Chessum warned the protests against Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament could include “civil disobedience”.

He commented: “Disruption is the only form of leverage protestors can rely on.

“We would go further than anticipating civil disobedience. We would defend it.”

The Prime Minister announced Parliament would be prorogued before a Queen’s Speech on October 14.

READ MORE: Remoaner anti-prorogation protests to cause travel CHAOS

On Wednesday evening, just hours after the announcement, several thousand gathered in Westminster to protest the decision.

Some of those present blocked traffic on Westminster Bridge, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

They were addressed by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, as well as other speakers.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed the latest round of protests, and urged his supporters to attend. 

On Twitter he commented: “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 tomorrow.”

Mr Chassum was also involved in organising a wave of student protests in 2010, which saw rioting in Parliament Square and an attack on the Conservative Party headquarters in Millbank.

A car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall was attacked in central London, with one window smashed and paint thrown over the bodywork.

Speaking to the BBC in 2010 Mr Chassum refused to condemn incidents of violence.

He commented: “I don’t think I’m going to wade in and condemn violence from protesters.

“Vandalism we’re seeing from the Government outweighs 10 times the vandalism that we saw on famous public buildings, on statues.”



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