Thousands join march to protest against pontiff's UK visit
Thousands of protesters marched through the centre of London yesterday to voice their opposition to the visit of the Pope.
Organisers claimed that the Protest the Pope march to Downing Street attracted 11,000 people -- five times more than expected.
As thousands of worshippers gathered in Hyde Park for an evening prayer vigil led by the Pope, the protesters chanted provocative slogans and brandished placards.
Among the marchers were gay and lesbian Catholics, child abuse survivors, atheists and anti-poverty protesters. Peter Tatchell, the human rights campaigner, criticised the Pope for obstructing police investigations into abuse.
"The Pope's apologies do not ring true," he said. "Even today he is refusing to hand over Vatican files he holds under lock and key."