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In photos: Thousands protest across U.K. Boris Johnson's Brexit move

Thousands of people gathered across the country to protest against Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament.
Protesters rally in central London against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament. Photo: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated across the U.K. Saturday against British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans to cut short parliamentary debate and push through Brexit, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Per the NYT, protesters regard Johnson's plans to suspend parliament for a period just before Britain's Oct. 31. deadline for exiting the European Union as anti-democratic. Many are also angry that he did not call a general election after he was elected leader of the Conservative Party on the promise that he will deliver Brexit — with or without a deal. Most members of Parliament oppose a no-deal Brexit.

Anti-Brexit protest in Whitehall, Westminster against the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UK Government proroguing Parliament for five weeks ahead of the Queens Speech on 14 October
Protesters in Whitehall, in the inner London borough of Westminster. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Crowd of protesters holds placards outside Downing Street in London
Crowd of protesters outside the prime minister's residence on Downing Street. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Protesters hold placards while shouting slogans outside Downing Street in London
Many young people are protesting. Just over 70% of 18- to 24-year-olds who voted in the 2016 referendum backed Britain to remain in the EU, per the BBC. Photo: Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
A pro-Brexit supporter with a placard during the demonstrations.
A pro-Brexit supporter with a placard during the pro-EU demonstrations in London. Photo: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

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