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Tens of Thousands Protest Planned U.K. Cuts

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Posted on Mar 26, 2011
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Demonstrators march in London against proposed cuts in social services.

A huge protest is filling the streets of downtown London as students, union leaders and others demonstrate against proposed cuts to social spending in the U.K. —JCL

AP via The Oakland Tribune:

Tens of thousands of protesters crowded central London on Saturday to protest government cuts to public services, streaming in from around the country with banners, balloons and whistles.

Organizers of the march estimated that at least 100,000 people were joining in the demonstration, what the Trade Union Council called the largest civil society demonstration in years. Police said they are not giving out estimates of the number of demonstrators, but as of early afternoon they said the march had been peaceful so far.

Britain is facing 80 billion pounds ($130 billion) of public spending cuts from Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government as it struggles to get the country’s large budget deficit under control. The government has already raised sales tax, but Britons are bracing for deep cuts on services.


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By samosamo, March 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

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Wouldn’t expect less from american, heart not in it and the fear
and terror factor has worked so well that americans get scared
the moment they turn their boob tube on to their favorite M$M
channel.

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By diamond, March 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

It wasn’t tens of thousands: it was possibly 500,000. No one really knows because the organizers stopped counting at 250,000. David Cameron will preside over the shortest lived Tory government in history. He is on the side of the rich and the banks and they don’t care what they do to ordinary people. He doesn’t intend to deal with derivatives and de-regulation (the principal cause, as it was in the Great Depression) so the whole global financial crisis can happen again. He is, in effect, fiddling while Rome burns. A specialty of neo cons and Tories.

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By PatrickHenry, March 27, 2011 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

They, like the U.S. should have followed the Iceland model, let the Banks take care of their own.

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By Barbara Crowley, March 27, 2011 at 1:35 am Link to this comment
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As usual - Profits are Private and Losses are Public. So now the British
public has to pay for the excesses they had nothing to do with. This is
really making me sick.

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By gerard, March 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment

All the big war-fighting capitalist countries seem to be going broke.  Maybe that’s not such a bad thing ...?  Like, who’s surprised?

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