University of East Anglia students join London anti-austerity protest

Russell Brand speaks at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. Photo: John Stillw

Russell Brand speaks at the End Austerity Now rally in Parliament Square, London. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Students from the University of East Anglia joined protesters in a national anti-austerity march through the streets of London on Saturday.

Thousands of students from across the country were joined by their fellows from the University of East Anglia as part of the student bloc.

Protesters marched roughly two miles from the Bank of England to Parliament Square, where they listened to speeches from comedian Russell Brand and singer Charlotte Church. The demonstrations ran from midday until 11pm.

The People's Assembly estimated that 250,000 people took part in the protests against government austerity policies.

The crowds were also addressed by Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Labour leadership candidate and Jeremy Corbyn.

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Chris Jarvis, Campaigns and Democracy Officer at the Union of UEA Students, attended the event as part of the group from UEA.

He said: 'The atmosphere was completely electric as hundreds of thousands of people came together for a common cause.'

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'The message that we sent to the government was that the percentage of the electorate that voted for them is not representative of the country as a whole. We demand an end to austerity, and we will keep up pressure on the government until we win.'

Russell Brand, addressing the crowds at Parliament Square, said: 'I feel inspired to see people in this square in such incredible numbers after the results of the general election… It's really very hard for the people that are here today… to have our voices heard in [Parliament].'

Brand added: 'All we're actually trying to do is build a society that's better for us on an individual and collective level. Better for all of us.'

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