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Saturday’s anti-austerity demonstration in central London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

'Ditch Dodgy Dave': Anti-Austerity Protest Brings 150,000 to the Streets of London

Demand PM David Cameron's resignation over offshore investments revealed in the 'Panama Papers'

Common Dreams staff

A protest calling on David Cameron to resign has brought more than 150,000 people onto the streets of London on Saturday afternoon.

The March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education was organized by activist group the People's Assembly Against Austerity. The demonstrators called for an end to austerity, and demanded that David Cameron quit over the Panama Papers revelation that he profited from his father's offshore investment fund.

People's Assembly National Secretary Sam Fairbairn said:

"The Tories are increasingly out of touch with the reality of life for most people. Every time they say 'we all in it together' it's another slap round the face of millions of people. The revelations that have unfolded with the 'Panama Papers' show the super-rich hiding their wealth in tax havens on an industrial scale. This means they avoid taxes that would pay for all the social benefits that are currently under attack and people are understandably angry. We're now seeing the potential for big unrest across the country and it wont be long until this government face a movement for change they can't control."

“No ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts, and “Dodgy Dave get out, we know what you’re all about” were among the chants demonstrators bellowed as they marched and rallied in London's Trafalgar Square.

 

The UK's major TV news outlets – BBC News and Sky News – blacked out coverage of the protest after it began at 1pm on Saturday afternoon. The lack of media coverage angered thousands who have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration.

 


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