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Austerity protesters 'fight back' in second city march.

"WHEN they say cut back, we say fight back."

That was the clear and passionate message from hundreds of people who marched through Cardiff city centre on Saturday afternoon, as a second post-election anti-austerity march took place in a rousing atmosphere.

Protesters met at the Aneurin Bevan statue on Queen Street at 1pm for the event, organised by the Cardiff group of the People's Assembly, and they marched to among the crowds. But the vast crowds suggest Ms Church is not the only one made "mad as hell" by the Tory majority in Westminster, with organisers suggesting the second march saw up to five times the 200 people who turned out a week ago.

The Cardiff marchers are now preparing to stage a protest at Roath Library at 6pm on Wednesday, before joining People's Assembly movements from around the UK outside the Bank of England in London on June 20.

Speaking in the shadow of Cardiff Library on a glorious Saturday afternoon, Sue Leader, of Unite, said: "We face 259 more weeks of the Tories in power and I will not be wasting those weeks.

"We have it within our power to challenge this government at every lousy step it makes.

"I urge you to be Mr and Mrs Angry from Adamsdown, be Mr Peeved from Penarth and Mrs Evil from Ely.

"Cardiff, trust me, we have got the love to see this through."

Dominic MacAskill, of Unison, added: "Austerity is robbing us of our collective worth, and selling our public assets, with our libraries and leisure centres closed or privatised. We cannot rely on the once-inevery-five-years election, based on the views of 20% of people eligible to vote - it is a broken democracy.

"My one message today is to join a union and use your mass organisation for a better Wales and a better Britain."

Len Arthur, of the People's Assembly Wales, added: "Another term for austerity politics is class war, but their class war is full of problems - for one, there is the anger that it's going to make. In Wales, we did not vote for a Tory government.

"We need the Welsh Assembly not to implement these cuts, even if it leads to a constitutional crisis."

The hundreds of protesters had marched to Cardiff Library via police escort, chanting: "Tories, Tories, Tories - out, out, out!" and "when they say cut back, we say fight back."

Young and old held banners urging an end to austerity, with one inscribed with the words: "happy community = austerity" and another: "Austerity kills".

The rally ended with organisers saying they want to take at least five buses full of people from Cardiff to London on June 20 for the UK-wide protest, urging people to sign up for

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Hundreds of marchers making their way through Cardiff city centre on Saturday and, below, a demonstrator on the march Richard Swingler

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Date:May 18, 2015
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