Lace up your marching boots and fire up your vocal chords, because it’s time to protest.
This Saturday, the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, an organisation dedicated to repealing government attacks on the poor and marginalised, are organising a mass demonstration in the City of London, from the Bank of England to Parliament Square. In the wake of last month’s election it’s likely to be a huge gathering, as people from all over the country – and all walks of life – come together to express their righteous discontent. There’ll even be a celebrity contingent: actors Maxine Peake and Paul McGann and the reliably strident Charlotte Church all promising to make an appearance.
If you’ve been on one of these marches before, you’ll know that for the vast majority it’s a friendly, upbeat sort of affair: you can marvel at the beautiful old-school trade union banners, bellow slogans to your heart’s content or simply bask in the rosy glow of community and togetherness. Just stay away from anyone in a black balaclava or a blue helmet and you’ll be fine…
By Tom Huddleston
The march starts at Queen Victoria St by the Bank of England at noon on Sat Jun 20. You can find more info here.