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Pro-EU Demonstrators Rally in London Against Brexit, Despite Terrorism Threat

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Anti Brexit campaigners carry flags and banners as they march towards Britain's parliament in London, March 25, 2017. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to start the process of leaving the European Union March 29.

Tens of thousands of pro-EU demonstrators rallied in London, despite heightened concerns about the terrorism threat, to mark the European Union's 60th anniversary -- just days before Britain's exit from the EU is expected to formally begin.

Organizers said about 80,000 people joined the march calling for Britain to stay in the EU on March 25.

The demonstration came four days before British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would formally start Britain's exit negotiations by invoking Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

Hundreds of blue EU flags were carried by protesters in the procession as it stretched through central London.

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest in favour of amendments to the Brexit Bill outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain, March 13, 2017.
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest in favour of amendments to the Brexit Bill outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, Britain, March 13, 2017.

Banners carried by the demonstrators had slogans like "I am European," and "I'm 15 -- I want my future back!"

The protesters fell silent as they moved through Parliament Square, where a British-born terrorist earlier this week drove a car through crowds of people before crashing into a fence and stabbing a police officer to death.

One banner raised in front of Britain's Parliament said, "Terrorism won't divide us -- Brexit will."

About 10,000 EU supporters also marched in Rome on March 25 while about 4,000 gathered in Berlin.

Some material for this report came from AFP, BBC and AP.

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