100 thousand-strong ‘anti-cuts’ demonstration in London

100 thousand-strong ‘anti-cuts’ demonstration in London

Photo: AFP

A march and rally protesting against the Government’s austerity budget policy took place in London Saturday. The action, organized by the Federation of British Trade Unions, was attended by about 100 thousand people from different parts of the United Kingdom.

Demonstrators carried banners with caricatures of Prime Minister David Cameron and his party members.

The protesters, however, were of motley ideological orientation – with communists and supporters of the hacker group “Anonymous,” in their midst, as well as fighters for sexual minority rights and activists of the Islamic diaspora.

UK marches against austerity

Tens of thousands of people are marching in protest at the government’s austerity measures.

Labour leader Ed Miliband is among dozens of speakers addressing crowds at the biggest march in London. Other rallies are taking place in Glasgow and Belfast.

Demonstrators want the coalition to end public service cuts and instead create policies they say can create growth.

The government says austerity measures are vital to cutting the deficit.

Union leaders recently criticised Labour for supporting a public sector pay freeze.

“Austerity isn’t working. It is hitting our jobs, our services, our living standards,” Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress umbrella body, was to tell a rally at the end of the march in Hyde Park.

“Ministers told us that if we only accept the pain, recovery would come. Instead we have been mired in a double dip recession.”

Britain climbed out of a deep economic downturn in late 2009 but fell back into recession at the end of 2011.

Voice of Russia, BBC, AFP, TASS

Article from: Voice of Russia

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