Socialist Worker

Anti-Tory protests show anger at austerity

by Lewis Nielsen
Issue No. 2453

Protesters chanting Tories Out in London (Pic: Lewis Nielsen )

Protesters chanting 'Tories Out' in London (Pic: Lewis Nielsen )


Around 2,000 people marched on Downing Street last Saturday, two days after the election, to vent their anger at the Tories.

Demonstrators were furious at the Tories’ plans to ram through further austerity.

The demonstration was young, lively and made up of many who were demonstrating for the first time. It suggests that there is a real desire to build resistance to Tory cuts.

Students with homemade placards reading “Don’t cut my future” marched in protest over impending Tory cuts to education. 

Garth was part of a group of students who travelled from Sussex University to join the protest. 

He told Socialist Worker, “We’re marching here today to let the Tories know that from day one we will resist their cuts and attacks on ordinary people. 

“We have to show Cameron and his cabinet of millionaires that we won’t take their cuts lying down. Our futures are at stake.”

Other protesters held placards that read “No to Racism” in response to rising Islamophobia and the racist scapegoating of migrants.

London Black Revs called the protest on Facebook only a couple of days earlier. The turnout shows the mood to build a fightback against austerity.

The protest marched through central London, stopping off at Tory election campaign headquarters to chant “Tories out”. Marchers staged sit-down protests at Whitehall and Westminster Bridge.

Handed 

The police were very heavy handed. Cops kettled around 150 protesters towards the end of the march. 

They arrested 15 people, including a 16 year old boy.

Many on the march stressed the need to plan the next steps in taking on the Tories. 

Harry from south London was on his first demonstration. He told Socialist Worker, “It’s fantastic to see people taking to the streets to reject the destruction the Tories want to wage. 

“However, if we’re going to build a movement that can beat austerity, we need to make links with the workplaces that will be affected by cuts and privatisation.”

Meanwhile around 300 anti-austerity activists rallied in Cardiff to launch a fightback against the Tories.

Cardiff People’s Assembly called the demo at short notice after the general election result.

Trade unionists, peace activists, anti bedroom tax campaigners and others gave a rallying cry for a united movement to stop the Tories’ attacks.

Singer Charlotte Church told the rally that the government “is only interested in cosying up to big business”.

The People’s Assembly will hold its No More Austerity demonstration in London on 20 June. 

This is a key date for those who want to build on this anger and strengthen the fight against the government.

Thanks to Marianne Owens

 


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