OXI in Greece, no to austerity in Britain


This video is about the People’s Assembly march against cuts and austerity through London, England on 20/06/15.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Protesters shout Oxi to Osborne

Tuesday 7th July 2015

THE streets of Britain will echo the Greek cry of Oxi! tomorrow as people up and down the country protest against Chancellor George Osborne’s post-election austerity Budget.

Organisers behind the People’s Assembly Against Austerity demonstration last month revealed that die-ins and marches would take place in over 40 locations. In London, hundreds are expected to lie down in front of Parliament in honour of those who have lost their lives due to cuts to benefits and services.

“Osborne is set to announce a further £12 billion in cuts to welfare, hitting the poorest in society hardest,” said People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn. “It’s a disgrace that the government continues to hide the figures of the number of people who have died as a result of their austerity measures.”

Taking a lead from the Greeks’ rejection of austerity, Mr Fairbairn said that people in Britain could do the same. “The people of Britain will say Oxi (No) to Osborne,” he declared.

The London rally will hear speeches from leading anti-austerity campaigners including the National Gallery’s PCS union organiser Candy Udwin, Disabled People Against Cuts (DPac) member Rob Punton and Stop The War Coalition convener Lindsey German.

“The old, the disabled, the poor are fearful as once again they are going to be the butt of the cuts,” said Mr Punton. “The vulnerable will pay the cost of the banks and the rich not doing their job and not paying their taxes.”

DPac members will also take part in a lobby of Parliament earlier in the day. Protests will also hit some of Britain’s largest cities including Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and York.

See also here.

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