Saturday 20 June 2015

Thousands March In Anti-Austerity Protests

Tens of thousands of people have marched across the country in demonstrations against austerity and spending cuts.

Singer Charlotte Church and comedian Russell Brand were among those who addressed the London protest, alongside Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.
Organisers estimated that 250,000 people took part in the march from the Bank of England to Westminster. Police would not give an estimate.
A spokesman for the People's Assembly, which organised the protest, said: "It is clear this march has exceeded all expectations.
"Even the police are estimating that there are 'several hundred thousand' marching.
"Today is not the end of our campaign against austerity but the start of a mass movement prepared to take on this Government."
Church, brandishing an End Austerity Now placard, was at the front of the march.
"I'm here today in a show of solidarity with everyone here - it is a massive turnout - everybody who thinks that austerity isn't the only way and thinks it is essentially unethical, unfair and unnecessary," she said.
Protesters, led by a brass band trio, chanted their opposition to the new Tory Government and its plans for billions of pounds of cuts.
The demonstrations are the first major public protests since David Cameron was re-elected in May.

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