Anti-war protesters gather outside Downing Street
Protesters last night gathered outside Downing Street to protest against Western intervention in the Syrian civil war.
Hundreds of pacifists carried banners and chanted slogans such as "Hands off Syria" and "Cut War Not Welfare".
Organisers said they intended to lobby MPs who have been called back to Parliament for a crucial vote on whether Britain goes to war.
They will also be staging a rally against intervention at Trafalgar Square in central London on Saturday.
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Organisers from the Stop the War coalition claimed that around 1,000 protesters had turned out for the rally.
They were supported by MPs such as Labour's Diane Abbott, who told the crowd she is against intervention in Syria and will be voting against it today.
Chris Nineham, vice chair of Stop the War, said the crowds had turned out to show their opposition to "crazy plans to attack Syria".
"We believe, along with the vast majority of people in Britain, it would be a disaster and is liable to cause a conflagration across the region," Mr Nineham said.
"It can only make the civil war more entrenched and deadly and it should be called off immediately."
Mr Nineham said that the only way to end the civil war was by negotiations which Western intervention would make "much more remote".