A brief history of protest marches in the UK

Laura Hampson, Joe Mee
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Last year, on January 21, I joined 100,000 other people marching the streets of London in the name of women's rights.

It was the day after Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States, and people - especially women - were angry. The Women's March originated in Washington DC but soon spread globally, calling on concerned citizens to stand up for inclusion, equality, diversity and for women's rights to be recognised and equal human rights.

Today, protestors will be marching through London for a very different reason - calling for a people's vote on the final Brexit deal before the deadline next year.

According to peoples-vote.uk: "Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted to make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided. The more the shape of the final Brexit deal becomes clear, the more it is clear that it will do nothing to improve social justice, reduce inequality, increase our standard of living, or create a better future for future generations."

Thousands of protestors are expected to line the streets of London tomorrow for the march - which starts on Park Lane just north of the Hilton at midday and will culminate at Parliament Square at 2pm.

The UK has a lengthy history of politically-motivated protest marches. From the violent Peterloo Massacre at the Manchester Reform Meeting in 1819, to the Suffragette's marches of the early 1900's, to anti-Vietnam war marches in the '60s and anti-Iraq war marches in 2003. If there's one thing the UK public are good at, it's rallying together for a cause we're passionate about.

You can see a glimpse of the history of protest marches in the UK by clicking through the gallery above.