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Brexit Protesters Fill Trafalgar Square to Vent Frustrations

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Pro-EU campaigners fill Trafalgar Square in London. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 08:31 AM

Brexit protesters by the thousands filled Trafalgar Square on Tuesday to voice their support for the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union despite a historic referendum vote last week to leave it, reported The Guardian.

Protest organizers had actually canceled a planned gathering at the square because of safety concerns, but crowds gathered there anyway in an impromptu rally, including Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, said the Evening Standard.

Protesters listened to speeches outside of Parliament, too, along with chants of "vote it down" and "no more lies," said The Guardian.

"I felt like my future had been taken away and then I have been angry for most of the weekend," said Laura Clarke, 23, a recent college graduate. "So it was just really nice to come here and feel united. I've been feeling solidarity with other people here and also, basically, just the love as well."

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is resigning because of the vote, said the referendum result "must be accepted and the process of implementing the decision in the best possible way must now begin," noted CNN.

The thousands at Trafalgar Square, though, continued to call for Britain to stay in the European Union. Organizers of the original protest said on Facebook it worried that too many people would attend the pro-EU rally, said ABC News.

"It started with the idea of bringing 20 friends together in London Fields park in East London, and now we have over 50,000 people who want to stand together in London," protest organizer Jessica Rodgers said on Facebook.

Friends Heather Gordon, 31, and Jenny Myatt, 32, joined the protesters, painting their faces with the EU's gold stars on a blue background and wrapping themselves in flags, noted The Guardian.

"We are here because we have to be here," Gordon told The Guardian. "We are here because our country hasn't really spoken for us."

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