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End austerity now

Stop the War Coalition presents seven reasons to join the 20 June national demonstration against austerity

Stop the War is joining CND and other peace groups in an anti-war bloc on the End Austerity Now demonstraton on Saturday 20 June, organised by the People's Assembly.

With over 50,000 already signed up to be there, this protest looks like being the largest in the UK for many years - especially after the Conservative election victory.

Despite being supported by only 24% of the electorate and 37% of those who voted, David Cameron's new government plans to rush through the scrapping of the Human Rights' Act and yet more anti-Muslim measures which will impact on the civil liberties of us all.

The Tories are intent on continuing their policies of making the poorest and most vulnerable in our society pay for the economic crisis created by bankers and City of London speculators, while continuing to give tax breaks to the wealthy and spending huge amounts on wars, the military and the Trident nuclear missile system.

The People's Assembly gives below seven reasons why all of us who reject these vicious Tory policies should join the 20 June protest and consider donating to help fund the costs of the demonstration.

1The government plans £12 billion in welfare cuts targeting the poorest in society.

2The new Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients

3Michael Gove has been appointed justice secretary. In 1999, when he worked for the Times, he called for hanging to be brought back as a punishment. He's also attempting to scrap the Human Rights Act.

4 David Cameron is announcing new plans to target 'extremists' giving the government powers to target anyone they think is undermining 'democracy'. This policy will be used to attack the Muslim community, and how long will it be before anti-austerity protesters get targeted too?

5The new equalities secretary voted against gay marriage

6The new business secretary wants to make it harder for trade unions to take strike action.

7The government plans to end social housing as we know it.

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