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Hundreds protest UK welfare cutbacks

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 - 01:13

Protesters hold a 'die-in' after Britain's chancellor unveils his budget with pledges to cut welfare and taxes. Paul Chapman reports.

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Hundreds of protesters released black balloons and staged what they called a 'die-in' near Parliament where the UK chancellor unveiled his budget. The focus of the demonstration by the People's Assembly Against Austerity was the government's promise of welfare cuts. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JOHN REES, PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY AGAINST AUSTERITY SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "What we've done is to release black balloons and have a die-in to symbolise those people who we know have died directly as a consequence of austerity. The last estimates of this, which was two years ago, were that 10,000 people in this country have died from the direct effects of austerity." The protesters say the event was a show of support for the Greeks in rejecting spending cuts. The Green Party stood on a platform against public sector cutbacks during the UK's general election earlier this year. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GREEN PARTY LEADER NATALIE BENNETT SAYING: "We celebrate the bravery of the Greek people who went against enormous pressure to say we cannot take this austerity any more, we can't take it in human terms and we also cannot take it in terms of ...we know austerity doesn't work." The budget is the first by an entirely Conservative government in two decades and also comes with the promise of tax cuts.

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Hundreds protest UK welfare cutbacks

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 - 01:13