In Britain, protesters took to the streets against the decline in purchasing power

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Demonstrations were held in several cities in the United Kingdom on Saturday, February 12, to protest rising prices and declining purchasing power. In the City of Westminster, London, around 2,000 people gathered to demand action and testify.

With our correspondent in London, Mary Boeda

, Freeze prices, not the poor. , Tax on the rich. Posters announce color. In the Government District, on a sunny lawn with Big Ben in the background, with short brown hair and tiny round glasses, Dennis listens to members of the association. For this retiree, the situation is unfair. , I oppose raising prices when it is not necessary, She justifies herself. My energy cost explodes and my food cost explodes so I reduce the pace of my life. For example, I see my father less, I no longer travel, I use heating less. ,

Same for Charlotte, except she’s a student and she works at the same time. Finding it difficult to pay rent in London, , I try to buy a lot of frozen food because it’s cheap and nothing fresh because it tends to be too much, like salads and fresh vegetables in general, she explains. You have to look carefully at what you buy. ,

anger against the government

Rachel, a nurse at the Public Hospital, NHS, agrees. he is angry boris johnson She says it doesn’t tax the right people, and does nothing to offset the decline in purchasing power.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn was among the protesters who gathered at the call of the People’s Assembly, an anti-austerity movement, supported by several unions. Other protests were planned across Britain, from Glasgow, Scotland, to Cardiff, Wales, to Manchester in northern England.

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From April, the economy minister announced an increase in social security contributions and a 54% increase in electricity and gas bills. The Bank of England has warned that inflation in Britain, already at a 30-year high of 5.4% at the end of 2021, could climb to 7.25% by April and is unlikely to return to normal levels before two years.

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