Live: March for Our Lives: thousands expected at US gun control protests 

People in New York City were among those who turned out nationwide for the student-led March For Our Lives rallies for gun control in the U.S. in 2018. Photo/Mathias Wasik,

Thousands were expected to rally in Washington DC, New York and other cities in the US and around the world on Saturday, seeking to increase pressure on Congress to enact meaningful federal gun control reform following a spate of mass shootings.7

The March for Our Lives rallies were planned less than a month after 10 Black people were killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and 19 children and two teachers were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

March For Our Lives activists placed 1,000 body bags on the National Mall March 24, 2022, to protest congressional inaction on gun massacres in the U.S. The bags were laid out to spell “Thoughts and Prayers.”

Other mass shootings, widely defined as shootings in which four people or more excluding the shooter are hurt or killed, have also helped return the issue to center stage.

Organisers of Saturday’s marches were focusing on holding smaller marches at more locations. The protest in DC was expected to draw 50,000 to the Washington Monument. The 2018 march filled downtown Washington with more than 200,000 people.

Looking west away from the stage, the crowd fills Pennsylvania Avenue during the “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Washington. 
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