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There was an anti-government march in London this weekend


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Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of London on Saturday to call for the end of the Conservative government and their policies on austerity. Originally organised as an anti-austerity march, the hashtag #NotOneDayMore was used significantly throughout the day in protest against the new Tory-DUP coalition and the cuts to public sector pay following the recent terror attacks and the disaster at Grenfell Tower.

Protestors gathered outside BBC Broadcasting House from midday to hear speeches from MP Diane Abbott, who retained her seat Hackney North and Stoke Newington in last month’s general election and Guardian columnist Owen Jones. The band Wolf Alice also joined the protesting crowds and led them in chanting ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’, after sending out an email last week making their fans aware of the march. Later on in the day, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined proceedings in order to address the crowd, tweeting:

He criticised the hypocrisy of Tory MPs who praised the emergency services who attended the recent terror attacks and the incident at Grenfell Tower, yet voted “to cut their wages by refusing to lift the pay cap... the hypocrisy is absolutely unbelievable.”

Several people marched with signs reading “Kick the Tories out” and “Austerity kills” but there were also others demanding “Justice for Grenfell”. Unions also sent protestors from other parts of the country into the capital, from the likes of Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle.

The march was organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, who invited people to march “for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all” and against the current government “committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation”.


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