by Ann Garrison
Broadcast on KPFA Radio July 1, 2017
Supporters of the British Labour Party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn marched through London streets on Saturday, from the BBC headquarters to the Parliament Building at Westminster. KPFA’s Ann Garrison filed this report.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: The London-based Independent reports that tens of thousands joined the “Not One More Day” march against the Conservative Tory government and its austerity policies. They carried signs that read “Tories Out,” “No to Islamophobia, No to War,” “Cut War Not Welfare” and “Austerity is the New Terror.”
Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd upon their arrival outside Parliament.
Jeremy Corbyn: What this election campaign, this anti-austerity movement, this current mood in British politics has done is unleashed the ideas and the imagination, unleashed that day-to-day conversation on every street corner, every café and every pub of how differently this country could be run. The Tories are in retreat.
Austerity is in retreat. The economic arguments of austerity are in retreat. It’s those of social justice, of unity, of people coming together to oppose racism and all those that would divide us that are the ones that are moving forward.
KPFA: Some marchers held signs that said “Austerity Kills, Justice for Grenfell” and a large contingent marched behind a banner reading “Justice for Grenfell,” meaning justice for the victims of the horrific Grenfell Tower public housing fire that killed mostly Black and Brown people, including refugees from the war ravaged Middle East.
The fire occurred because of cost cutting on the cosmetic cladding, which was not fire…
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