Thursday, 31 March 2011

Weston People in London protest - Weston Mercury article

The following article is in today's Weston Mercury

DESPITE the mass scenes of violence and vandalism campaigners from North Somerset enjoyed a peaceful protest in London on Saturday.

Hundreds and thousands of demonstrators marched through the central city streets to express their disapproval against the coalition Government’s ‘savage’ spending cuts.

Although the majority of protestors acted appropriately, several breakaway groups caused chaos by smashing shop windows and attacking police officers.

More than 100 members from North Somerset’s Unison branch and their families travelled from Weston to London to join the rally.

Unison branch secretary, Helen Thornton, said: “We were marching to protect our libraries, our schools, our youth services, and our services for disabled people.

“It was disappointing that the actions of a small violent minority were given more media coverage than the 400,000 people who marched peacefully.

“We have sent a powerful message to the Government and the country that there is an alternative to the savage public spending cuts.

“We need to make our taxation system fairer and tax those that caused the recession, instead of making ordinary working and non-working people pay for the greed of a few.”

Pippa Chambers , Reporter
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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