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Scotland United Against Austerity, George Square, Glasgow – a truly historic event

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Over 5000 gather to demand an end to austerity

#ScotlandAgainstAusterity Aberdeenshire Branch members joined over 5000 people at the anti-austerity rally in George Square, Glasgow on Saturday 20th June.

Trade unions, political parties and community groups brought their banners and placards in a colourful display, all with one message. End austerity – it only benefits the rich.

They were part of a day of demonstrations against austerity with almost 250,000 thronging the streets of London to give the same message to this Tory Government. Austerity doesn’t work and austerity hits the poorest and most vulnerable hardest. End austerity NOW.

Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair, who attended the rally said, “With inspiring speeches, great music and even some sunshine, it was a great event.

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Kate Ramsden with the
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“However, with the news of huge cuts in many of Scotland’s councils, this can only be the beginning of the fightback against the vicious policies of this Tory government, which make no sense for the economy but are based on an ideology that hates public services and is only interested in furthering the interests of the rich at the expense of the rest of us.The hard work starts now.

“It is despicable that they richest 1000 in this country have doubled their wealth while more and more of our children grow up in poverty and families rely on foodbanks to survive.

“We have become the most unequal country in the EU. The money is there – it’s just in the wrong hands.”