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Students march on Washington demanding stronger gun control laws
People arrive early for the March For Our Lives rally against gun violence in Washington, DC (Picture: AFP)

A huge demonstration protesting gun laws is taking place in Washington today, with thousands of people expected to show up.

Organisers of March for Our Lives are predicting around 500,000 people will take part in the rally, which would make it one of the biggest since Vietnam era demonstrations.

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It’s being led high school students, including some who were caught up in the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

They hope youth leadership will help get stronger gun-control legislation passed.

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Demonstrators gather as students and gun control advocates hold the ‘March for Our Lives’ event (Picture: Reuters)
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Around 500,000 people are expected to show up (Picture: AFP)
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They are marching in Washington DC (Picture: AFP)

The protestors in Washington will be joined by other people across America and the rest of the world, with more than 800 linked marches expected to take place.

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Dozens of protesters are rallying outside the US Embassy in south London in solidarity.

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A man sells flags as people arrive for the protest (Picture: AFP)
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A woman wears a protest shirt (Picture: AFP)
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Students and gun control advocates hope to make a change (Picture: Reuters)

The UK protestors carried placards reading ‘Protect kids not guns,’ ‘Never again,’ and ‘Enough is enough’ outside the new embassy building in Nine Elms Lane.

Amnesty International UK’s director Kate Allen was at the march and referenced the 1996 school killings at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland, in which 16 students and a teacher were killed.

She said: ‘After our own school shooting at Dunblane, new gun ownership laws were introduced in Britain and that’s exactly what’s needed in the United States, where gun deaths are a national tragedy.’

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Demonstrators gather in Washinton DC (Picture: Reuters)
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People arrive with signs (Picture: AFP)

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The protestors in the US and UK are also hoping to take advantage of increasing public opinion there should be more gun control in America.

The Washington march will take place near the US Capitol building and is due to last a few hours.

Officials said they would be more prepared than they were for last year’s women’s march that drew crowds of more than 300,000.

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