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‘Austerity Kills’: Tens of Thousands March in London Against Brutal Cuts

Nation-wide rally demands an ‘alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top’

By Sarah Lazare

From across the United Kingdom, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London Saturday to demand an end to brutal—and deadly—austerity measures.

The mass march, still ongoing at the time of publication, comes just over a month after the Conservative (Tory) Party’s election wins.

The independent anti-austerity forum, the People’s Assembly, declared ahead of the march that protesters aim to send a “clear message to the Tory government; we demand an alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top.”

“We’ll be assembling the demonstration in the heart of the City of London right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place, and marching to the doorstep of Parliament,” said the assembly.

Huge numbers heeded this call, with people from diverse backgrounds and numerous families with children taking to the streets with banners and signs that read “Austerity kills” and “No cuts.” Numerous placards urged an end to the scapegoating of immigrants, people of color, and urged investment in common goods that ordinary people depend on, including education, health care, and other public services.

Tobi Seriki, a 28-year-old from Depford, told the Guardian she is marching because “Austerity isn’t working at all and we need to change track.’

Labor unions, environmental groups, and migrant and economic justice organizations could be seen marching through the streets. Celebrities spotted in the crowd include comedian Russell Brand and musician Charlotte Church.

The mass march can be followed on Twitter: #EndAusterityNow

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  • bsbafflesbrains

    Sorry 99% but the 1% need austerity to keep their portfolios growing. #EndAusterityNow

    Note FDL, tweeters at the protest estimated 100’s of thousands not tens.

  • jo6pac

    The so-called liberal main stream press is not telling us the truth. I’m shocked;)

  • jo6pac

    Then again with the word A coming to the new Amerika as pointed out over at Lamberts site why isn’t the afl-cio calling for a nation wide strike on Monday? Please answer with out checking my answer there.

    http://www.correntewire.com/trumpka_should_call_a_general_strike_for_monday_and_tell_everybody_to_hit_the_streets_with_tpp

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    Because of that other A word, jo…! Apathy, another American Exceptionalist quality that we excel at…! 8-(

  • jetboy24
  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    It should be noted that Cameron had tried to head it off… Police crack down on activists on eve of London austerity march

  • Chris Maukonen

    You know the austerity clowns in this country were very ok with government largesse when only white suburban neighborhoods and institutions were the only ones that benefited thanks to institutional racism.

  • bsbafflesbrains

    Police est was 250,000

  • Bluedot

    that’s a nice crowd. Could sell lots of hot dogs there.

  • Bluedot

    Per BBC and Guardian said The People’s Assembly (organizers) said there were 250,000. Reuters said the police declined to estimate. Guardian also has estimate of 70,000 to 150, 000. The BBC has an aerial photo of the crowd.

  • jane24

    Good to see people in my home country speaking up in protest. (And in such considerable numbers.) I still find it difficult to fathom how Cameron/the Conservatives managed to get re-elected.

  • jane24

    Until very recently apathy also very evident on the other side of the Atlantic. (But I do believe that this is changing!)

  • karenjj2

    hi Jane, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that privatized, computer program for “voting” has crossed the pond — especially if Cameron won “close” election. very hard to determine election rigged when 49.5% means you lost.

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle
  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    From that AJ article, jane… Cameron, the British prime minister, was re-elected last month after his right-wing Conservative Party gained a small parliamentary majority despite winning just 37 percent of votes cast, and claiming the support of less than a quarter of eligible voters.

    First past the post has got to go…! 8-(

  • bsbafflesbrains

    BBC’s “tens of thousands” obviously purposely understated the size of the protest.

  • jane24

    Hi Karen. Still a “paper ballot” in the UK but hearing the electronic is expected to be introduced soon. More accurate? Hmm…

  • jane24

    Thanks, CT. Hardly a true majority and undoubtedly a flawed electoral system. Aware of the mechanics of the Conservative victory, but was very surprised that it happened this way. Much discontent on the other side of the Atlantic and I had expected a greater move for change and and that a coalition government would result. (Wrong!)

  • http://firedoglake.com/ CTuttle

    The Scots are fixing to bring the Referendum to leave the UK, back to the table…! Stay tuned…! 😉

  • karenjj2

    see Tut’s post immediately below: 25% of vote is hardly a win even on paper ballot tho corps’ privatized computer program will correct that to 50.5%. /s

  • jane24

    Yes! Some appeal for me in the politics of the SNP and of the opinion that independence from Westminster would benefit Scotland.

  • jane24

    Acknowledged!