Reclaim the Night protesters take to the streets of central London

Reclaim the Night protesters call for rally to SHUT DOWN central London as they raise signs saying ‘we will not be silencedand ‘blame the system not the victimamid spate of attacks on women after dark

  • Reclaim The Night protestors marched from Marble Arch to Piccadilly Circus
  • Annual march is to protest rape and male violence carried out against women
  • Taken on particular meaning this year following Sarah Everard and other cases
  • Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Londen to protest against rape and male violence against women.

    Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night.

    Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to ‘shut downthe capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone.

    The women-only march was part of the annual Reclaim The Night event, which first began in 1977, at the height of the Yorkshire Ripper killings.

    The event has taken on a new meaning this year following a spate of attacks on women after dark.

    These include Sarah Everard, who was abducted and killed by Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, as she walked home in Clapham earlier this year.

    And in September Sabina Nessa, 28, was attacked and murdered as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, in another crime which shocked the nation.

    Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night

    Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night

    Marchers hold up signs reading: 'Reclaim the night' and 'Blame the system not the victim'

    Marchers hold up signs reading: ‘Reclaim the nightand ‘Blame the system not the victim

    Anneliese Dodds (op die foto), Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to 'shut down' the capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone

    Anneliese Dodds (op die foto), Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to ‘shut downthe capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone

    'I want to break the silence on this violence': Reads one sign at London Reclaim The Night march

    ‘I want to break the silence on this violence’: Reads one sign at London Reclaim The Night march

    Marchers hold up placards reading 'consent' and 'end violence against women'

    Marchers hold up placards reading ‘consentand ‘end violence against women

    Protestor holds up sign reading: 'Male violence is a male problem'

    Protestor holds up sign reading: ‘Male violence is a male problem

    Another sign reads: 'Queers against the racist, ableist, capitalist patriarchy'

    Another sign reads: ‘Queers against the racist, ableist, capitalist patriarchy

    Women carry placards during the London Reclaim the Night! march on November 27

    Women carry placards during the London Reclaim the Night! march on November 27

    Women listen to speakers at the Reclaim The Night event in London on Saturday

    Women listen to speakers at the Reclaim The Night event in London on Saturday

    Marchers film speakers on their phones during march in central London on Saturday

    Marchers film speakers on their phones during march in central London on Saturday

    'We will not be silenced': Reads one woman's sign during Reclaim The Night march

    ‘We will not be silenced’: Reads one woman’s sign during Reclaim The Night march

    Women marching on Saturday night held up signs reading: ‘When will I be able to walk myself home?’

    Een het gesê: ‘We will not be silenced’, while another read: ‘Blame the system not the victim.

    Men were not allowed to join the march but were invited to attend a vigil on Oxford Street, dedicated to women who have lost their lives to male violence this year.

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