McDon­nell: Aus­ter­ity is wreck­ing our so­ci­ety

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

De­mon­stra­tors took part in an anti-aus­ter­ity march in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

Or­gan­is­ers The Peo­ple’s Assem­bly Against Aus­ter­ity, is call­ing for a Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell, who ad­dressed de­mon­stra­tors, said eight years of aus­ter­ity was “tear­ing apart the very so­cial fab­ric” of the coun­try.

Mr McDon­nell read a mes­sage from Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn to the crowd.

He said: “We need a gen­eral elec­tion now to bring about the fairer, more equal so­ci­ety we all want to live in and we stand ready to take power.”

Na­tional or­gan­iser of the demo, Ra­mona McCart­ney, said the protest was an at­tempt to “take back the po­lit­i­cal space taken up by Brexit”.

Ms McCart­ney said pro­test­ers also wanted to show “sol­i­dar­ity with the left and work­ing class in France by wear­ing the yel­low vests to­day”.

France has seen weeks of na­tion­wide anti-aus­ter­ity demon­stra­tions by the “gilets jaune” move­ment.

Many in Lon­don wore yel­low vests with slo­gans such as “Bri­tain is Bro­ken” writ­ten on the back.

Some pro­test­ers trav­elled from France to join the march.

Erick Si­mon, 57, from Nor­mandy, said: “Euro­pean coun­tries must join up in this bat­tle against aus­ter­ity.”

John McDon­nell

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