Arriving in Parliament Square just after 6pm this evening, the first banners I saw were those of Peace Strike, at the gates of Westminster.
Across the rush-hour filled road, the Stop the War Coalition had set up a small stage, and a crowd of up to two thousand had already arrived.
Among the speakers were Caroline Lucas and George Galloway.
As more protesters arrived, they spilled out onto the road, but police kept a single lane open to traffic heading west.
Just after 7pm, a short march was announced, and set off towards St James.
The first stop was the nearby Conservative Party HQ where Andrew Murray delivered a letter to the Conservative Chairman.
The march continued loudly and briskly.
A second letter was delivered at the Labour HQ.
As the marchers headed back along Victoria Street towards Parliament Square, I could see there were still marchers way behind at St. James’ station. Clearly numbers had built up massively, and I’d estimate there were more than 5000 involved.
Back in the square, people started to leave, but a group of around a thousand continued chanting, and some people climbed statues and trees in the square while police numbers built up to block any attempt to block the roads, although later there was a brief sit-in, some skirmishes as police intervened, and one man was arrested.
Among the crowd was a tearful Syrian man who was showing people pictures of his family home bombed to ruin – the real face of war.
With the parliamentary debate taking place tomorrow and a vote by 10pm, the Stop the War Coalition has called a further protest including a die-in from 6pm tomorrow evening. I am sure other groups will join this call, and Peace Strike will be continuing their vigil during the day.