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UK protesters rally against austerity

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 01:19

Oct. 20 - Tens of thousands march through the streets of London to protest against austerity measures - and a government many are calling elitist. Andrew Raven reports.

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Tens of thousands march through the London to protest cuts in public spending - and rail against a British government many call elitist. The march, held Saturday, was among the biggest anti-austerity protests in Britain this year. It comes amid a deep economic downturn in the United Kingdom and follows a series of missteps by senior officials. All that has angered many everyday Britons, who called for an end to austerity. SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF THE TRADES UNION CONGRESS, BRENDAN BARBER, SAYING: "The government's policies are failing. They told us we would have economic growth and a recovery moving by now. We have not got that." Union leaders blasted what they called widespread unequality, saying the country's richest one percent control 30 percent of the UK's wealth. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF UNISON UNION, DAVE PRENTIS, SAYING: "It has got to stop. There is more unfairness in our society now than there were in Victorian times." Union opponents, though, say the government has no choice but to trim a budget deficit that - at 8 percent - is the biggest of any major European country.

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UK protesters rally against austerity

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 01:19