500,000 people march against coalition cuts in London

Posted on March 26, 2011 by


Ed Miliband took centre stage at Hyde Park to address the half a million people who turned up to show their disapproval of the government’s cuts to the public sector.

The protest, dubbed March for the Alternative, was  like no other; the sound of drums and vuvuzelas filled the air to such an extent that you would be forgiven for thinking you were on your way to see England playing at Wembley.

One person said; “I’m so glad it’s turned out to be peaceful, people seem to be having a good time and we’re sending a real message to the government; we won’t take these unfair cuts!”

The peaceful and very friendly march took participants from Embankment to Hyde Park via Trafalgar Square, where there were couples laughing, families and children smiling and holding onto balloons, there was even a group of professional dancers by Nelson’s Column.

As the procession made its way to Hyde Park cheers could be heard echoing throughout London.

Shortly after arrival Ed Miliband appeared on stage to capitalise on the event by saying; “Mr Cameron, you wanted the big society. This, is the big society.”

The crowds roared for the new Labour leader who compared their plight to that of the suffragettes.

The people, annoyed by the cuts imposed on them by the ‘Con-dems’, chanted things like; “Tories, labour, they’re all the same. They just play the bankers game.”

One speaker at Hyde Park received a bellowing applause and cheers from the crowd when he spoke of how; “We stand for the millions, not the millionaires.”

The march, which lasted for five hours, was organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and was the first in a series of national marches designed to send ‘a strong signal to the government that those opposing their fast and deep public spending cuts are not an easily ignored minority’.

Ed Miliband speaks to the people of Hyde Park

Ed Miliband’s speech to the public at Hyde Park, what do you think of the event? Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know.

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