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Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of London to protest against rape and male violence against women. 

Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night.

Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to ‘shut down’ the capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone.

The women-only march was part of the annual Reclaim The Night event, which first began in 1977, at the height of the Yorkshire Ripper killings. 

The event has taken on a new meaning this year following a spate of attacks on women after dark. 

These include Sarah Everard, who was abducted and killed by Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, as she walked home in Clapham earlier this year. 

And in September Sabina Nessa, 28, was attacked and murdered as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, in another crime which shocked the nation. 

Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night

Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night

Demonstrators held up placards and chanted slogans as they marched from near Marble Arch to Golden Square in Piccadilly Circus on Saturday night

Marchers hold up signs reading: 'Reclaim the night' and 'Blame the system not the victim'

Marchers hold up signs reading: 'Reclaim the night' and 'Blame the system not the victim'

Marchers hold up signs reading: ‘Reclaim the night’ and ‘Blame the system not the victim’

Anneliese Dodds (pictured), Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to 'shut down' the capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone

Anneliese Dodds (pictured), Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to 'shut down' the capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone

Anneliese Dodds (pictured), Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, joined the protestors, as she urged them to ‘shut down’ the capital in a rousing speech via a megaphone

'I want to break the silence on this violence': Reads one sign at London Reclaim The Night march

'I want to break the silence on this violence': Reads one sign at London Reclaim The Night march

‘I want to break the silence on this violence’: Reads one sign at London Reclaim The Night march

Marchers hold up placards reading 'consent' and 'end violence against women'

Marchers hold up placards reading 'consent' and 'end violence against women'

Marchers hold up placards reading ‘consent’ and ‘end violence against women’ 

Protestor holds up sign reading: 'Male violence is a male problem'

Protestor holds up sign reading: 'Male violence is a male problem'

Protestor holds up sign reading: ‘Male violence is a male problem’ 

Another sign reads: 'Queers against the racist, ableist, capitalist patriarchy'

Another sign reads: 'Queers against the racist, ableist, capitalist patriarchy'

Another sign reads: ‘Queers against the racist, ableist, capitalist patriarchy’ 

Women carry placards during the London Reclaim the Night! march on November 27

Women carry placards during the London Reclaim the Night! march on November 27

Women carry placards during the London Reclaim the Night! march on November 27

Women listen to speakers at the Reclaim The Night event in London on Saturday

Women listen to speakers at the Reclaim The Night event in London on Saturday

Women listen to speakers at the Reclaim The Night event in London on Saturday 

Marchers film speakers on their phones during march in central London on Saturday

Marchers film speakers on their phones during march in central London on Saturday

Marchers film speakers on their phones during march in central London on Saturday 

'We will not be silenced': Reads one woman's sign during Reclaim The Night march

'We will not be silenced': Reads one woman's sign during Reclaim The Night march

‘We will not be silenced’: Reads one woman’s sign during Reclaim The Night march 

Women marching on Saturday night held up signs reading: ‘When will I be able to walk myself home?’

One said: ‘We will not be silenced’, while another read: ‘Blame the system not the victim.’  

Men were not allowed to join the march but were invited to attend a vigil on Oxford Street, dedicated to women who have lost their lives to male violence this year.  

Source: Daily Mail

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