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Austerity protests turn violent in London

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 - 01:52

Mar 26 - Protests in London turn violent as thousands take to the streets opposing government austerity cuts. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Thousands take to the streets in London over austerity cuts. Britons angry at deep public spending cuts, rising unemployment, and tax increases are voicing their concern. Authorities say more than 250,000 people joined the demonstrations, the biggest since protests against war in Iraq in 2003. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified woman, saying (English): "We're marching today to tell the government that we're against all of the cutbacks they're making. They're too quick, too fast. All of these people here are local government workers and any one of these could be out of a job next week thanks to [Prime Minister] Mr. Cameron." Some 4,500 police officers were on duty. Many European countries have seen mass protests recently as governments slash public spending. The London protests later became violent as clashes broke out with police. Some demonstrators attacked banks. Other business also came under attack. Prime Minister David Cameron's government says it is cleaning up a mess left by the previous Labor government and that failure to act would expose Britain to market turmoil. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

Austerity protests turn violent in London

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011 - 01:52

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