Hundreds of Thousands Descended on London to Protest Service Cuts and "Tax the Rich!"

This weekend saw mass protests in London protesting against the "decimation" of public services. More specifically, they were crying for the wealthiest members of the financial sector--which caused the fiscal crisis--to pay their fair share, rather than having the brunt of austerity measures fall on the backs of the poor and middle class.

The Guardian reported on the protests, which brought over 250,000 people from the trade union movement and beyond, to London's streets: 

The main group of marchers demonstrated peacefully and walked along the planned route from Embankment to Hyde Park. Steel bands, choirs and dancers performed while the mass of people, many with their children, blew horns and whistles as they passed alongside parliament.

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, told protesters at the TUC rally in Hyde Park that the government was wrong to make such deep cuts in public services. He was heckled by a small number of protesters when he said "some cuts" were needed, but most people applauded his speech.

A small group of anarchists took the protests a bit more literally, hurling objects at symbols of wealth like the Ritz-Carlton. There were about 200 arrests, a small minority considering the hundreds of thousands who marched with peaceful, spirited energy.

Read more coverage at The Guardian. 

Watch this short film telling British citizens why they should march:


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 28, 2011, 5:07am

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