Thousands of people marched through the streets of London on Saturday against the austerity measures of the government of Theresa May, considering that the Conservative Prime Minister had lost all legitimacy after its setback in the June 8 legislative elections.
The demonstrators walked behind a large banner reading “The Tories outside”, while others waved signs “Cuts (budget) cost lives”, in reference to the austerity policy led by The Conservatives in power since 2010.
Theresa May is going through a leadership crisis since the June 8 parliamentary elections. She had convened the advance poll, convinced that it would be easy to win, to lose an absolute majority, and a good part of her credit.
This result constitutes a clear “rejection” of the conservatives, wrote in a statement the anti-austerity movement People’s Assembly, one of the organizers of the demonstration.
The organization also believes that the burning of the Grenfell Tower in London (at least 80 deaths) is “the most tragic example of what the consequences of austerity can be”.
These critics reiterate the arguments of survivors of the tragedy who accuse the managers of the HLM building of having saved money at the expense of their security because they came from modest backgrounds.
Late in the afternoon, Labor opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn went on to say that, in a speech before Parliament, the government’s policy was “brutal against the poorest”.
The name of the one who has the general opinion passed his legislative campaign, was regularly chanted by the demonstrators, who sang “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!” On the air of the tube “Seven nation army” (The Whites Stripes), become the rallying cry of supporters of the cantor of the radical left.
Theresa May narrowly won Thursday the vote of confidence of Parliament, thanks to the controversial support of DUP, a small ultra-conservative North-Irish party. His government gave Wednesday the first signs of a relaxation of its austerity policy, indicating that it could raise public sector wages.
However, no decision should be taken before the vote on the budget expected in the autumn.
Another demonstration in Belfast brought together thousands of people demanding the establishment of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, the only nation in the United Kingdom where it does not exist.
The file is one of the friction points that delay the culmination of discussions to form a new local coalition government between DUP unionists and Sinn Féin Republicans.
Unless they agreed on Thursday, the two parties, forced to agree to the terms of the 1998 Peace Agreement, continued discussions this weekend, but Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams seemed pessimistic.
“I do not think there will be agreement by Monday,” he said.
If no agreement is reached, the province will be administered directly from London as long as necessary.