MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to eyewitness Twitter reports, over 1,000 people attended the Sheffield march. Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, participated in the event, and gave a speech.
Around 1000 people take to the streets of Sheffield to protest against austerity http://t.co/v3GgDVhcDg #ToriesOutNow pic.twitter.com/7gcSL0kFL3— marmite (@marmite_) May 16, 2015
Protests in Bristol, Sheffield, London, Glasgow, and Cardiff over the last week! Protest in Manchester next Saturday! pic.twitter.com/lf5QRy0c8Y— UoCGreenSoc (@UoCGreenSoc) May 16, 2015
The Sheffield action was peaceful, no arrests have been reported.
Anti-austerity protest in Sheffield today. Sheffield Town Hall #sheffieldprotest #antiausterity pic.twitter.com/hio44S42QZ— Andy Hemingway (@AHG_Photography) May 16, 2015
RT @imajsaclaimant Speakers at Sheffield include @natalieben and @Dis_PPL_Protest #EndAusterityNow pic.twitter.com/JZIIemTAlE— Anita Bellows (@AnitaBellows12) May 16, 2015
Several hundreds of people gathered in Cardiff's second austerity protest in recent days. Like the march in Sheffield, the Cardiff rally saw no arrests, according to local media.
The United Kingdom has seen a wave of anti-austerity protests since the general elections in the country on May 7. The Conservative party won the vote after securing the absolute majority of the seats in the lower house of the British parliament, the House of Commons.
The five-year austerity program, implying substantial public spending cuts in Britain, was introduced in 2010 by the Conservative party. In their election campaign, the Tories claimed that the measures should be retained in order to eliminate the deficit.
Sheffield Anti Austerity Protest with Natalie Bennett — 16th May 2015 https://t.co/QtTZSpAmSs via @YouTube— a4e highpark1 (@a4ehighpark1) May 16, 2015