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Anti-Boris Johnson protesters clash with police

December 13, 2019

Several hundred people protesting against the UK election result have marched through central London. The crowd scuffled with police and chanted for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to quit.

London Anti Boris Johnson Demonstration
Image: picture-alliance/AP/K. Wigglesworth

Anti-Boris Johnson protesters clash with police

Demonstrators took to the streets of central London on Friday, protesting against the result of the British general election, which saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party win a landslide victory.

Footage showed protesters, brandishing "Defy Tory Rule" placards, pushing against lines of police carrying truncheons.

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The demonstrators descended on an area close to Downing Street, which was cordoned off as the scuffles broke out.

"Boris Johnson: Not my prime minister" and "Boris, Boris, Boris: Out, out, out," the crowd chanted.

Anti-Conservative protesters also remonstrated with Johnson supporters gathered near the prime minister's residence. They also reportedly set off red flares.

Demonstrators later walked from close to Johnson's Downing Street residence to Trafalgar Square. They moved onto the city's theater district, blocking traffic and drawing a heavy police presence.

Read more: German business leaders welcome clear UK election outcome

Johnson's Conservatives won Thursday's election with a majority of some 80 seats. On Friday, he called for "healing" over the Brexit divisions that have divided the United Kingdom for the past three-and-a-half years.

rc/sms (AP, Reuters)

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