Thousands of protesters marched through central London in heavy rain on Saturday to protest rising cost of living and calling for an early election.
The demonstration brought together a number of activist platforms such as Just Stop the Oil and the Million Mask March, as well as trade union groups and civic and community organisations, mobilizing thousands of people who marched in the rain around the British Parliament, carrying banners. “England is broken” (“Great Britain is broken”, a slogan used by the Conservative Party when it was in opposition) and “Stay away with the Conservatives!” News like
According to activist Ramona McCartney, an organizer of one of the protest platforms, the demonstration was called to denounce “the government’s deep crisis with its third prime minister in a few months”.
The organizations that called the protest want to pressure the authorities to immediately hold general elections in the country so that measures can be taken against low wages and some “anti-union” laws are repealed.
Anti-racism groups also took part in the demonstration, demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Suella Braverman, who has been accused of incompetent handling of immigration.
Braverman sparked outrage earlier this week when he described the number of people seeking asylum in the country as an “invasion”.
The reports were immediately described as “horrific” by Volker Dürk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Today, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised that the budget he is due to present on November 17 will be “fair” and reiterated that the decisions are “difficult” given the economic and financial crisis the country is going through. By.
The country is suffering from record levels of inflation and fiscal concerns caused by the previous government of conservative Liz Truss.
According to several British media outlets cited by AFP, the prime minister and her finance minister, Jeremy Hunt, are considering up to 50 billion pounds (about 57 billion euros) in tax increases and spending cuts to ensure long-term stability. Public finances imply a return to austerity.
In addition to rising prices, Britons are also experiencing rising interest rates, with annual inflation exceeding 10% in October, which is driving up the cost of bank loans for housing.
The country has seen several strikes in recent months demanding pay rises as the Conservatives, who have been in power for 12 years, struggle to stay ahead in the polls in the face of opposition from the Labor Party.
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