UK Uncut: 'Street Parties' Target 'Architects of Austerity'

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UK Uncut: 'Street Parties' Target 'Architects of Austerity'

Campaigners target Deputy PM Nick Clegg; Declare 'Don't Cut Our Future'

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Anti-austerity protesters outside UK Prime Minister Nick Clegg's declare, 'Don't Cut Our Future.' (Photo: UK Uncut)

Hundreds of activists descended on the home of Deputy Prime Minister, in London today, naming him one of the 'architects of austerity' and challenging his role in pushing devastating public sector cuts to education and social services.

Reports said disabled campaigners had secured the quiet residential street shortly beforehand by chaining their wheelchairs together. This demonstration was one of perhaps a dozen 'alternative street parties' around the country organised by UK Uncut in what is expected to be a series of protests.

UK Uncut have said that the street parties are are designed to resist the government's cuts and celebrate the much-needed alternatives to austerity. They plan to block roads and hold street parties that will celebrate public services and a future decided by the people, not big business and a cabinet of millionaires.

A UK Uncut supporter outside of Clegg's home, Jean Sandler, 42, said to The Guardian: "Nick Clegg is one of the architects of austerity. He's a millionaire and lives in a million-pound home.

"The cuts are a political choice of this government and the cabinet of out-of-touch millionaires. They are not necessary. No one voted for Cameron and Clegg's disastrous plan that means that we end up paying for the banks' crisis."

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UK Uncut: Street Parties target 'architects of austerity'

UK Uncut  will hold street parties around the country that will directly target high profile individuals they see as responsible for the government's cuts, dubbed the ‘architects of austerity’. The anti-cuts group promises that the protests in ten cities across the UK today will take a radical new direction and will not be quickly forgotten or easily ignored by the government, tax avoiders or City bankers.

UK Uncut have said that the street parties are are designed to resist the government's cuts and celebrate the much-needed alternatives to austerity. They plan to block roads and hold street parties that instead of celebrating the Jubilee, will celebrate public services and a future decided by the people, not big business and a cabinet of millionaires.

In London, details of the target are a closely guarded secret, but the group has said that the street party will be held on the streets 'of high profile people who caused the cuts'. Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to what the group intends to be a fun and family friendly day out that brings the message home to the 'architects of austerity'. Comedians, musicians, public sector workers and activists concerned about the impact of the cuts on women, the NHS and welfare state are all taking part in the events.

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Video outside PM Nick Clegg's house: 'We Do Not Want These Cuts; There Are Alternatives"

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The Guardian: Nick Clegg's house targeted by UK Uncut campaigners

Anti-austerity campaigners staged an alternative street party outside the house of the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, on Saturday to voice their anger at the government's cuts programme.

Hundreds of activists descended on Clegg's home in Putney, south-west London, just before 1pm. Disabled campaigners had secured the quiet residential street shortly beforehand by chaining their wheelchairs together.

A UK Uncut supporter, Jean Sandler, 42, said: "Nick Clegg is one of the architects of austerity. He's a millionaire and lives in a million-pound home.

"The cuts are a political choice of this government and the cabinet of out-of-touch millionaires. They are not necessary. No one voted for Cameron and Clegg's disastrous plan that means that we end up paying for the banks' crisis."

The demonstration was one of 11 alternative street parties around the country organised by UK Uncut in what is expected to be a series of protests in the lead-up to next weekend's jubilee celebrations and the Olympics later in the summer.

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