The protestors are demanding a general election and an end to austerity, with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and MP Laura Pidcock among the speakers. But despite nearly 10,000 people registering interest in the event via the official Facebook page, just a fraction are reported to have actually attended. One person told The Express around 1,000 people were in attendance at around 2pm this afternoon.
The left wing Yellow Vest protest is believed to be broadly about demanding a general election and an end to austerity.
But Brexit is expected to figure highly among the vague and slightly confused ambitions of the marchers following in the footsteps of French protesters who also donned yellow vests in widespread demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.
French Yellow vest “gilet janues” movement members joined the Britain is Broken march in London, which started outside the BBC in Portland Place and ended at Trafalgar Square.
The event, which is hosted by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, is in response to the parliamentary chaos over the prime minister’s Brexit deal.
But the protestors also criticise Theresa May’s wider government policies, including those in regard to homelessness, universal credit and the NHS.
In an open letter from organisers, published on their website yesterday, they say: “We do not believe that people in this country should have to endure this spectacle any longer.
“We cannot sit idly by and simply watch the political establishment fail the people who elected them.
“We believe that ordinary working people must now play an active role in resolving this crisis.
“We cannot remain spectators in the destruction of our own future and we intend to demonstrate our determination to offer a solutions for the Britain the Tories have broken and to demand a general election so that voters can act with a decisiveness which their leaders seem incapable of displaying.
“We urge everyone to join us in London on Saturday 12th January to serve notice of a failed party that is paralysed by their own crisis of ideology, the people must stand up, resist and demand they step aside.”
The march has ended in chaos however, as fights erupted between pro-Brexit Yellow Vest protestors and anti-Brexit protestors.
Eyewitness Ed Crawford, a photojournalist, has told The Express: “Both sides met at Trafalgar Square and there were several fights that broke out between UK antifa.
“Multiple people arrested and both sides screaming Nazi at each other.
“Owen Jones was questioned by A pro Brexit campaigner Danny Tommo and things got heated with him being escorted away.
“He claimed the pro Brexit protester was being rude and other pro Brexit protesters were spitting at him.
“A huge entourage of left wing activists escorted him away and loads of people were chasing after him.
“Ultimately both sides had individuals intent on having a fight and both calling each other nazis.”
Reports also claim European Union flags are being burned.
Pro-Brexit protestors were seen to burn EU flags last week, when Yellow Vest protestors took to Westminster Bridge last Saturday.
A video showed the rowdy crowd gathered around the burning flag while cheering and laughing.