Europe-wide protests against austerity, cuts and inequality

By staff writers
November 14, 2012

Widespread protests against austerity measures being imposed by European governments and the EU are being held in 23 countries and 40 major regions today (14 November 2012).

They are part of a European Trades Union Confederation call for a day of action across the continent.

The protests include general strikes in Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, and Malta and solidarity action in Belgium, France, Germany and different parts of Britain.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in these countries.

In Greece, demonstrators are trying to stop evictions of people from their homes caused by austerity measures. A suicide of an evicted woman was reported earlier this week.

Demonstrations of support for the European day of action have been taking place this afternoon, this evening and throughout the day in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield, Cambridge, Kingston and Leeds.

Protestors will gather from 5pm-5.30pm at the European Commission building in London's Smith Square to hear from Mark Serwotka (General Secretary of the PCS union) and Katy Clark MP. A rally starts in Marsham Street at 6.30pm.

The demonstration in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, is at 6pm, gathering at St Giles Cathedral, Royal Mile.

A letter from the Coalition of Resistance in today's Guardian newspaper, signed by public figures and leading trade unionists, declared: "Today millions of trade unionists across Europe are responding to the European TUC’s call for a day of action against the austerity policies which are destroying public services and jobs, and blighting the lives of ordinary people."

"The suffering we see in Greece is the most extreme example of the devastation wreaked by these policies (Greece hit by new delay over bailout, 10 November). As a result there will be general strikes in Portugal, Greece, Italy and Spain, demanding alternative policies and an end to the onslaught which is destroying Europe’s welfare states," it said.

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