THOUSANDS of British Yellow Vest protesters will swarm on London and Sheffield today as French-inspired anti-establishment anger spills out onto the capital’s streets. The left wing Yellow Vest protest is believed to be broadly about demanding a general election and an end to austerity. But Brexit is expected to figure highly among the vague and slightly confused ambitions of the marchers following in the footsteps of French protesters who also donned yellow vests in widespread demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Today’s “Britain is Broken” march will see as many as 10,000 people on the streets according to the event’s official Facebook page.*
The march follows last weekend’s pro-Brexit London protests where demonstrators wore yellow vests in a nod to the “gilet janues” protests in France.
French Yellow Vest movement members Erick Simon and Laurie Martin have joined the London march and will take part in the anti-austerity demonstrations The event, which is hosted by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, is in response to the parliamentary chaos over the prime minister’s Brexit deal.
But the protestors also criticise Theresa May’s wider government policies, including those in regard to homelessness, universal credit and the NHS.
In an open letter from organisers, published on their website yesterday, they say: “We do not believe that people in this country should have to endure this spectacle any longer. “We cannot sit idly by and simply watch the political establishment fail the people who elected them. “We believe that ordinary working people must now play an active role in resolving this crisis. “We cannot remain spectators in the destruction of our own future and we intend to demonstrate our determination to offer a solutions for the Britain the Tories have broken and to demand a general election so that voters can act with a decisiveness which their leaders seem incapable of displaying.
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