Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Scuffles break out between anti-cuts campaigners and police yards from Downing Street as the assembled media swamp the confrontation. Downing Street, London. 20th October 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Coalition Against Austerity Cuts, Downing Street. London, UK. 20th October 2010

By Published Last Edited 2010-10-20 00:00:00

On the day the coalition Government announce major and severe cuts in public sector spending in the domestic British economy, and a day after the announcement of an 8% cut in military spending, campaigners against the cuts assemble in London to march on Downing Street to object to the scale of the cuts.

They gather in North London in two separate groups and meet together before marching the short distance to Downing Street. As they enter Whitehall, a large group splits away from the main march and attempts to move toward the entrance of Downing Street before being blocked by police. Minor scuffles break out and smoke bombs are thrown.

The austerity measures bring forward predictions that almost a half a million public sector workers are to lose their jobs while the national welfare benefits provision is to be capped and reduced, thereby casting them into the private sector.

The austerity measures come as the United Kingdom continues to commit to financing British military forces in the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan, itself now approaching failed status as its September elections cartwheel into chaos with the discarding of almost a quarter of all votes cast in the election due to fraudulent activity. As a result, the United Kingdom has now lost both its financial and tactical pre-text for a continuing presence in the country and is, therefore, likely to experience further economic misfortune if it does not commit to an immediate timetable for withdrawal.

Downing Street, London. 20th October 2010.

A poster pasted to a tree asks what socialism is during the assembling of the march and rally to Downing street on the day the coalition Government announce severe and major public sector cuts in government spending. One day previously, the coalition government announce severe cuts in military spending of around eight percent.

A poster pasted to a tree asks what socialism is during the assembling of the march and rally to Downing street on the day the coalition Government announce severe and major public sector cuts in government spending. One day previously, the coalition government announce severe cuts in military spending of around eight percent.

The campaigners gather ready to march on Downing Street.

The campaigners gather ready to march on Downing Street.

A woman holds a banner declaring that up to a million public sector workers may lose their jobs in an estimate twice the conventional view.

A woman holds a banner declaring that up to a million public sector workers may lose their jobs in an estimate twice the conventional view.

The march heads toward Downing Street and passes the headquarters of the Coutts Bank. Coutts is the United Kingdoms most notable domestic bank serving prestigious clients and is of particular significance for its near complete failure to be affected by the disruption that appeared within financial markets during the later part of 2008.

The march heads toward Downing Street and passes the headquarters of the Coutts Bank. Coutts is the United Kingdoms most notable domestic bank serving prestigious clients and is of particular significance for its near complete failure to be affected by the disruption that appeared within financial markets during the later part of 2008.

The march and rally heads into Whitehall and toward Downing Street.

The march and rally heads into Whitehall and toward Downing Street.

As the march approached Downing Street, a large section breaks away from the rally and attempts to assemble directly outside the gates to Downing Street.

As the march approached Downing Street, a large section breaks away from the rally and attempts to assemble directly outside the gates to Downing Street.

As police guard the gates to Downing Street, a young woman holds up a placard casting Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg into negative relief.

As police guard the gates to Downing Street, a young woman holds up a placard casting Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg into negative relief.

A photographer photographs a smoke bomb as it lands outside the gates to Downing Street.

A photographer photographs a smoke bomb as it lands outside the gates to Downing Street.