‘We must defend our democracy’, was the message behind the protest in Wokingham town centre this evening.
Organised by Wokingham Town Council’s Liberal Democrat councillor Anna Box in a personal capacity, she wanted the protest to be a cross-party demonstration against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament later this Autumn.
Both Labour and independent representatives will be at the protest and making short speeches, but Cllr Box is still waiting to hear back from the Conservative and Green parties.
“We are the most divided we have ever been in recent history, post-war,” she explained. “As a culture, we are getting more and more divided, so it’s important to make the protest cross-party. It is not about red vs yellow vs blue – it’s about the country.
She explained that proroguing parliament has many implications for democracy.
“If you don’t want those people to debate policy, and shut down parliament that equates dictatorship. It is immoral and a little bit suspect. It’s time we stood together and said we would like to have democracy back.”
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