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The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, we assembled at the statue of Aneurin Bevan at Queen St, Cardiff at 1pm. The procession ended outside the new Library in the Hayes, Cardiff.

radical workers bloc

anti austerity march

Cardiff’s People’s Assembly group organised Saturday afternoon’s event, which saw up to 1,000 protestors march from Queen Street to Cardiff Library where several speakers addressed the crowd.

Speaking in the shadow of Cardiff Library, Sue Leader of Unite said:

“We face 259 more weeks of the Tories in power and I will not be wasting those weeks away.

“We have it within our power to challenge this government at every lousy step it makes. I urge you to be Mr and Mrs Angry from Adamsdown, be Mr Peeved from Penarth and Mrs Evil from Ely.

“Cardiff, trust me, we have got the love to see this through.”

Dominic MacAskill, of Unison, added:

“Austerity is robbing us of our collective worth, and selling our public assets, with our libraries and leisure centres closed or privatised.

“We cannot rely on the once-in-every-five-years election, based on the views of 20% of people eligible to vote – it is a broken democracy.

“My one message today is to join a union and use your mass organisation for a better Wales and a better Britain.”

Len Arthur of the People’s Assembly Wales added:

“Another term for austerity politics is class war, but their class war is full of problems – for one, there is the anger that it’s going to make.

“In Wales, we did not vote for a Tory government. We need the Welsh Assembly not to implement these cuts, even if it leads to a constitutional crisis.”

The hundreds of protestors had marched to Cardiff Library via police escort, chanting:

“Tories, Tories, Tories – out, out, out!”

and

“when they say cut back, we say fight back.”

Young and old held banners urging an end to austerity, with one inscribed with the words: “happy community = austerity” and another: “Austerity kills.”

The rally ended with organisers saying they want to take at least five buses full of people from Cardiff to London on June 20 for the UK-wide protest, urging people to sign up for the event.

communist party wales banner

The march ended with poet Patrick Jones reciting an anti austerity poem and speakers from campaigning and trade union movements .

Me talking to Pippa Bartelotti of the Green Party.

Me talking to Pippa Bartelotti of the Green Party.

The message was clear the Resistance starts now!