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In a rare protest, British veterans march on Parliament to save their battalion

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Retired Fusilier Sid Gibbons stands outside Parliament during a protest in London on Oct. 18.

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Fusiliers stand outside Parliament during a protest in London on Oct. 18.

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Veterans from The Second Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers march past Parliament on Oct. 18.

More than 400 veterans from the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, marched to Parliament in London to protest the government's plans to eliminate the 2nd Battalion, which has served in every major campaign dating back to 1674. According to the BBC, a former colonel said the march was the first of its kind since the days of Oliver Cromwell, more than 300 years ago. 

 

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Fusiliers gather in front of a war memorial before marching towards Parliament in London on Oct. 18.

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