Tens of thousands of protesters march through London in outcry over newly re-elected Conservative government's plans for public spending cuts. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tens of thousands of protesters gathered to march through central London on Saturday to demonstrate against the newly re-elected Conservative government's plans for public spending cuts. Holding banners reading "End austerity now" and "Cut war not welfare", protesters packed streets outside the Bank of England in the heart of London's financial district before marching towards Parliament. Britain's Conservatives unexpectedly won an outright majority in a national election last month after five years of leading a coalition focused on cutting public spending to narrow Britain's large budget deficit. Since winning the election, finance minister George Osborne has said he wants government departments to make extra cuts this year and to commit future governments to run budget surpluses during normal economic times. There was a small pocket of trouble during the day, when a large group of black-clad marchers separated from the main body of the protest and brought traffic to a standstill in parts of south London. They split from the main protest on Waterloo Bridge and made their way through Elephant and Castle, where there were a few disturbances, before heading back towards Westminster Bridge and onwards to Parliament Square. The protest was organized by the People's Assembly Against Austerity, an umbrella group with support from trade unions, anti-war protesters and some Labor and Green Party politicians. Neither police nor organizers had an immediate estimate for the number of marchers.