October 21, 2012
Tens of thousands of people marched through London and other British cities on Saturday in protest against spending cuts by Prime Minister David Cameron’s struggling coalition government.
Marchers carried signs reading “No cuts” and “Cameron has butchered Britain,” condemning the austerity measures introduced by Cameron’s Conservative-led coalition in a bid to reduce Britain’s huge deficit.
Police said the main march was peaceful, but two people were arrested as breakaway anarchist groups protested outside major companies including McDonald’s and Starbucks in the Oxford Street shopping hub.
Scotland Yard did not provide an estimate for the turnout on the three-mile (4.8-kilometre) march route but organisers said police had told them that around 100,000 people attended.