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In Washington DC alone, an estimated 800,000 people packed out Pennsylvania Avenue for the march They watched speeches from Parkland shooting survivors and heard performances from celebrities Another 800 events were held in cities around the US and world in a coordinated protest against guns

Hundreds of thousands of people filled Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC on Saturday for the March For Our Lives against gun violence 
  • In Washington DC alone, an estimated 800,000 people packed out Pennsylvania Avenue for the march 
  • They watched speeches from Parkland shooting survivors and heard performances from celebrities
  • Another 800 events were held in cities around the US and world in a coordinated protest against guns 
  • George Clooney, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Steven Spielberg, Glenn Close and Cher were all in DC 
  • The event was organized by the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14
  • Students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez were among the speakers on Saturday urging youngsters to vote
  • Martin Luther King Jr's granddaughter Yolanda, nine, also spoke as did other young victims of gun violence
Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world turned out for March For Our Lives events against gun violence on Saturday in a coordinated global protest that was organized by the teenage survivors of the Parkland massacre. 

The main event was held in Washington DC where survivors from Stoneman Douglas High School gave passionate speeches calling for gun reform. 

They were joined by a raft of stars including George and Amal Clooney, who donated $500,000 to the event, Jimmy Fallon, Steven Spielberg, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus. 

Another 800 events were held around the world for the same cause. 

The DC march began at noon on Pennsylvania Avenue but large crowds had already formed by 8.30am, hours before the official event began. The crowd grew in size until an estimated 800,000 people were together.

Between noon and 3pm, 20 young speakers gave speeches and celebrity singers including Andra Day and Jennifer Hudson performed in front of the crowds.

A satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe showed the massive crowd at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on Saturday.

Digital Globe called the nationwide demonstrations calling for gun control, collectively, one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam era. 

The first of the speakers in Washington DC was Cameron Kasky, one of the teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting.

He paid tribute to Nicholas Dworet, one of the victims, who would have turned 18 on Saturday had he not been killed.

'We hereby promise to fix the broken system we've been forced in to. Don't worry, we've got this. 

'The people of this country now see past the lies. We have seen this narrative before. [But] the corrupt aren't manipulating the facts [anymore]. We know the truth. 

'Shooting after shooting, people now see the one thing that they all had in common - the weapons,' he said. 

David Hogg, one of the Stoneman Douglas survivors who has been at the forefront of the issue ever since, spoke confidently about the event on Saturday morning in an early interview with GMA.

'Today we are going to start a revolution. 

'This is the beginning of a lifelong marathon not only for me but for my generation. 

'We are sick and tired of the inaction here in Washington and around the country at different state capitals and different cities, of politicians that are owned by the NRA and not listening to the constituents of America. 

'We are the children. We are making our voices heard and we will change America with or without these politicians and today is the beginning of that revolution,' he declared. 

Later, in his own speech, he spoke of the 'cold shackles of corruption' which is gripping the NRA and slammed the government for not doing more. 

'If you listen real close you can hear the people in power shaking. 

'They've gotten used to being protective of their position, through the safety of inaction. Inaction is no longer safe. To that, we say, no more!' 

Hogg spoke of making gun violence a 'voting issue' which will lead the primary elections. 

'We are going to take this to every election to every state and every city.

'We are going to make sure the best people get in to run, not as politicians but as Americans,' he fumed. 

Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr's nine-year-old granddaughter, also spoke at the event. She said she, like her grandfather, had a 'dream' but hers was for a gun-free world 

Pointing to the Capitol, he added: 'This... is not cutting it. At the end of the speech, he told the crowd: 'I love you all. God bless you and God bless the United States of America'. 

The final speech was the most compelling. 

It was delivered by Emma Gonzalez, who was in Stoneman Douglas on February 14 when gunman Nikolas Cruz stormed the building with an AR-15. 

During the middle of her speech, Emma went silent for several minutes until she had been on stage for a total of 6 minutes and 20 seconds - the exact amount of time it took Cruz to murder 17 people and injure 15 more. 

'Six minutes and 20 seconds... In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone, in the Douglas community was forever altered,' she said.

'Everyone who was there understands. who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.

'No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day.

'No one knew that the people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us even knew that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath or how far this would reach or where this would go.'

She went on to honor some of the lives lost on that day, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

'For those who still can't comprehend, because they refuse to, I will tell you where it went,' she said. 'Right into the ground, six feet deep.'

'Six minutes and 20 seconds with an AR-15, and my friend Carmen [Schentrup] would never complain to me about piano practice. Aaron Feis would never call [Kiera] "Miss Sunshine." Alex Schachter would never walk into school with his brother, Ryan. Scott Beigel would never joke around with Cameron at camp. Helena Ramsay would never hang out after school with Max. Gina Montalto would never wave to her friend, Liam, at lunch. Joaquin Oliver would never play basketball with Sam or Dylan,' she said. 

She went on: 'Alaina Petty would never. Cara Loughran would never. Chris Hixon would never. Luke Hoyer would never. Martin Duque Anguiano would never. Peter Wang would never. Alyssa Alhadeff would never. Jamie Guttenberg would never. Meadow Pollack would never.'

Her personal memories of the students who died that day filled the air and hung heavy, as she stood strongly without another word until a timer went off, and she spoke again. 

'Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds. The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest,' she said.

'Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job,' she said, and walked off the stage. 

The Parkland survivors called on the young audience to register to vote and asked them to make gun reform a central issue in the election. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Common, Andra Day, Vic Mensa and Ben Platt all performed. 

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