8 Pictures From Yesterday’s 50,000-Strong Austerity March In Central London

A large number of people marched to Westminster yesterday afternoon to protest government spending cuts.

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Yesterday’s march was organised by the People’s Assembly campaign group.

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English Unite the Union General Secretary Len McCluskey addressed the anti-austerity rally in Parliament Square.

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The Guardian reports an estimated 50,000 people took part in the march.

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Actor and comedian Russell Brand addressed the rally. He said: “This will be a peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution and I’m very grateful to be involved in the People’s Assembly.”

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He put on a T-shirt in support of the Fire Brigades Union during the protest.

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He was joined by, among others, Caroline Lucas MP and journalist Owen Jones.

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Jones said: “The Conservatives are using the crisis to push policies they have always supported. For example, the sell-off of the NHS. They have built a country in which most people who are in poverty are also in work.”

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Protesters expressed anger on social media that the march had not been covered by mainstream broadcasters like the BBC. A spokesman for the police said the force had received no reports of any arrests.

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Alan White is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
 
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