For Immediate Release
MPs, Comedians and Bands Join March Demanding an Alternative to Austerity
WASHINGTON - Diane Abbott MP, The Farm, and comedian and activist Russell Brand will be on the People's Assembly Against Austerity demonstration to demand an alternative on Saturday 21 June.
They will be addressing tens of thousands of people from across Britain who will be marching from the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, to Parliament Square this weekend in protest at austerity and the privatisation of public services.
The demonstration comes two weeks ahead of the biggest co-ordinated national strikes for years, which are set to involve two million public sector workers.
Russell Brand said:
“The People’s Assembly will bring down any Government which doesn’t end austerity. Austerity means keeping all the money among the people who have loads of it. This is the biggest problem we face today. All other problems radiate from this toxic swindle. We can organise a fairer and more just society than they can. These demonstrations are just the start. It will be a right laugh.”
Sam Fairbairn, national secretary of the People's Assembly said:
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"The movement against this Coalition Government and its austerity, for which they have no mandate, is growing so fast it has surprised everyone.
"Over 100 peoples assemblies in over 100 communities across Britain are organising coaches bringing demonstrators to London.
"Many people who want to come will also be left behind because we just do not have the money to get them to the capital. They are angry that as their living standards collapse and millions are forced into poverty, the political elite remain addicted to austerity and protecting their own wealth.”
The route of the march starting at 1pm from Portland Place near Oxford Circus to Parliament Square can be found on the website of the People's Assembly here: thepeoplesassembly.org.uk
Key speakers include Len McCluskey, UNITE General Secretary, comedian Russell Brand, journalist Owen Jones, but also MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas, Diane Abbott and newly elected Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman.
The Farm are famous for their 90s hit All Together Now, and will be playing at the free festival in Parliament Square.
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The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is a political initiative in the United Kingdom launched in 2013 and backed by numerous trade unions and campaigning groups.