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Mass Demonstration Against Spending Cuts
More than 100,000 people have taken part in a mass demonstration in central London against the Government's spending cuts.
Firefighters, nurses and teachers marched alongside unemployed young people, anti-war activists and other campaigners, while similar protests were held in Belfast and Glasgow.
The London march ended with a rally in Hyde Park, where Labour leader Ed Miliband was among the speakers.
Mr Miliband was booed by a small section of the crowd when he said his party would have to make "hard choices" if it was in government.
"I do not promise easy times," he said, but added: "We would make different and fairer choices, including on pay and jobs."
Mr Miliband went on: "This Government has shown us self-defeating austerity, by cutting too far and too fast, is not the answer."
He pledged that if he became Prime Minister he would tax bankers' bonuses, support the building of 100,000 houses and end the privatisation of the NHS.
He dubbed David Cameron "weak" and "clueless" and accused him of "clinging" to policies which were not working.
He said the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition was cutting taxes for millionaires and raising them for everyone else. "It is one rule for those at the top and one rule for everyone else."
Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union, was loudly cheered when he called for a 24-hour general strike.
He also called on Mr Miliband to oppose all spending cuts.
Grant Shapps, Conservative Party chairman, said: "You can't be serious about clearing the deficit when you attend a march that calls for an end to austerity."
Many of those marching said they were encouraged by the turnout.
Teacher Billie King, from Bracknell, in Berkshire, told Sky's Tom Parmenter: "To make massive cuts to people who have got so little and to make small adjustments to those who have got so much it is such an injustice."
Healthcare worker Sonny Nkazi said: "People don't come to work with a packed lunch like they used to because they can't afford the packed lunch.
"You go the shops, you can't afford to buy enough food for your family. I know things are difficult in the country but we're not supposed to be suffering this way."