Russell Brand calls upon thousands for "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution"

The comedian denounced the power of London's government

Published June 22, 2014 6:39PM (EDT)

  (Chris Pizzello/invision/ap)
(Chris Pizzello/invision/ap)

British comedian and general rabble-rouser Russell Brand, who is a known vocal critic of the current political system, on Saturday called upon thousands of protesters to bring "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution."

The event was the first protest of the People's Assembly, an anti-austerity measures group that formed a year ago "to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatization with trade unionists in a movement for social justice," according to its site. The Huffington Post UK reports that the march drew around 50,000 protesters, beginning at BBC's headquarters in Portland Place and ended at London's Parliament Square.

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Brand, who changed his shirt on-stage to one that read, "Firefighters rescue people not bankers," said, "The people of this building (the House of Commons) generally speaking do not represent us, they represent their friends in big business. It's time for us to take back our power."

"This will be a peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution and I'm very grateful to be involved in the People's Assembly," he continued, explaining that "The revolution that's required isn't a revolution of radical ideas, but the implementation of ideas we already have."

By Prachi Gupta

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