The city of London is witnessing a major mass protest as workers, students and concerned bodies across the nation are converging to give the government a big showdown over its spending cuts, which the protesters had thought would affect their their daily livelihood directly.
Labour leader Ed Miliband during the week accused the coalition Government of dividing Britain with a return to the ‘rotten’ politics of the Thatcher era.
He claimed the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was practicing ‘the politics of division’ by setting different groups against each other.
Mr Miliband had spoken ahead of Saturday’s TUC rally in London against Coalition’s cuts, with thousand protesters descending on the capital to give the government a showdown.
The last anti-government protests in London resulted in thousands of pounds worth of damage when students went on the rampage last November and December.
Mr Miliband however allayed the fears that Saturdays protest would result in anarchy claiming those protesting ‘mainstream majority’ who want their rights upheld.
The roll call of protesters include nurses, midwives, Sure Start staff, the owners of small businesses, and off-duty police officers, Mr Miliband pointed out.
‘These are the voices of the mainstream majority in our country,’ Mr Miliband said.
‘The duty of my party is to stand up for that mainstream majority.’
Addressing Labour’s People’s Policy Forum in Nottingham on Friday, Mr Miliband said the music of the 1980s – when he was growing up – was ‘quite good’
However Saturdays mass protest being in central London against the cuts in public spending was set to be the biggest for years as more people than expected turned up to send an angry message to the Government.
It has been recorded as historical as it only matches up with anti Iraq war protest of 2003 when mammoth crowd turn up to protest the war.
The TUC had estimated that around 100,000 union activists and other campaigners have turned up for the protest demonstration taking place in the heart of as hundreds of thousands had made their way to the capital.
Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, told the Press Association that the turnout was “absolutely enormous and showed the anger of ordinary working people at the Government’s cuts”.
As he waited to set off at the head of the march he added: “We always expected an enormous turnout because UNISON alone has laid on 500 coaches and a number of special trains but the numbers are simply incredible.
“These are ordinary families and working people, many with their children to send a strong message to David Cameron to halt the damaging cuts which are leading to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and the closure of services including libraries and care homes.”
Demonstrators started arriving in London in the early hours before the march was due to begin, turning the Embankment into a sea of colour with banners, balloons and entertainers filling the banks of the Thames.
Steel bands, choirs, performers and dancers practised at the head of the march as tens of thousands of people, many with their children in tow, blew horns and whistles, patiently marching through central London to Hyde Park.
A rally later will be addressed by Labour leader Ed Miliband who was putting the final touches to his speech just minutes before he was due to start speaking.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was heckled by some protesters when he turned up to speak to union leaders at the head of the march this morning.
He said Labour was determined to continue campaigning against the spending cuts and would create jobs and build houses if they got back into power.
But several people shouted out at him “what are you going to do for us Ed?”