Protesters take to streets in anti-cuts ‘bonfire’ demo

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Anti-austerity campaigners were taking to Sheffield city centre today for a series of protests.

Sheffield and South Yorkshire People’s Assembly Against Austerity have organised the events as part of the national People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s Bonfire of Austerity day of action.

Sheffield People’ Assembly campaigners was being joined by representatives of trade unions, Disabled People Against the Cuts, UK Uncut, Unite the Community, The Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax and Sheffield food banks.

Between 4pm and 6pm, protesters were rallying outside the Town Hall to hear speakers from trade unions and anti-austerity campaigns, alongside performances from musicians.

Demonstrators were also due to protest against the rising cost of energy bills by burning their bills in braziers.

Sam Browse, from the Sheffield and South Yorkshire People’s Assembly Against Austerity, said: “We’re protesting because it’s unacceptable we face cuts to welfare and services, while large firms are registering record profits, receiving tax breaks and avoiding tax altogether.”