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Thousands protest against UK govt.

Tens of thousands of activists have marched in Manchester in protest at the austerity policies of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government.

Tens of thousands of activists have marched in Manchester in protest at the austerity policies of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government. 

The rally came as the Conservative Party began its annual conference in the city.

Reports say Up to 85,000 people have joined the rally on issues such as austerity, spending and benefit cuts, NHS reforms and restrictions on trade union strike activity.

The protest has been described as largely peaceful. Yet, there have been two arrests.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called the protest with the slogan "No to austerity, yes to workers' rights", citing what it called the government's "damaging programme of austerity and their attacks on the rights of working people and their unions".

The Conservative government is reducing spending in order to balance the books and ultimately get Britain to turn a profit so it can start to pay down its debts.

It is also pushing through legislation to curb strike action by ensuring a minimum 50 percent turnout in strike ballots.

The Conservatives won a majority of seats in the May general election.

A variety of slogans featured on mass-produced and home-made placards, including Cut War Not Welfare, Don't Bomb Syria, No Cuts and Divine Discontent, Divine Disobedience, the British Telecommunications (BT) reported on its website.

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