Protest against Tory Austerity
Photos of a protest march in Hastings, East Sussex, May 2015
These photographs were all taken at a protest march in Hastings, East Sussex that happened back in May 2015. The march was organised by Hastings Solidarity and was to show our anger against the Austerity cutbacks that had been introduced by the Conservative government, cutbacks that harmed so many of society's most vulnerable people, reductions in disability benefits, introducing the bedroom tax and so on, while letting so many big corporations evade billions in taxes that could help fund things like the NHS and education. The Conservative government have a long history of (in my opinion) helping the rich become richer and allowing the poor to become poorer. They speak of trickle down economics, which is a theory that by supporting big businesses to become even bigger, so they can then hire more staff and improve the conditions for those staff, thus helping everybody. Nice theory, but many businesses just give out millions in bonuses to each other, while the staff get fired or get put onto zero hour contracts, receive minimum wage, not a fair working wage etc. I know this may sound like a left wing rant, it is! I am a proud member of the Labour party and a big believer in their slogan of "For the many, not the few" or as I have seen it a few times recently "For the many, not the money!". So many people need to use foodbanks, not just the unemployed, but often those actually in work cannot get enough wages to put food on the table for their families. This protest march was a good peaceful one, a few angry people, but that isn't surprising considering the strong emotions these cuts were causing people. This protest march was a good peaceful one, a few angry people, but that isn't surprising considering the strong emotions these cuts were causing people. There was a Police presence at this event held in Hastings, East Sussex, just in case there were any problems. It was not a huge protest, but Hastings is not a huge place, so seeing this amount of local people showing their anti austery emotions was a great experience.