Thou­sands march against aus­ter­ity

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD - — As­so­ci­ated Press

A march in cen­tral Lon­don on Satur­day drew thou­sands op­posed to Bri­tish gov­ern­ment aus­ter­ity pro­grams and spend­ing cuts in a mas­sive show of force meant to draw at­ten­tion to the plight of the poor.

The Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment plans to slash mil­lions of pounds in public spend­ing to ad­dress the deficit, which bal­looned af­ter the na­tion res­cued its trou­bled banks dur­ing the 2008 fi­nan­cial cri­sis. De­mon­stra­tors say the public is be­ing pun­ished for a cri­sis it did not cause.

Singer Char­lotte Church and co­me­dian Rus­sell Brand were seen tak­ing part in the march.

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