Anti-austerity protesters accuse police of ‘violence’ after 15 arrested near Downing Street

Police have arrested 15 people, including a 16-year-old boy, following angry anti-austerity protests near Downing Street that saw a war memorial vandalised.

Thousands of people marched to the Prime Minister’s official residence on Saturday in the wake of the Conservatives’ unexpected election victory, which paved the way for another £12 billion of welfare cuts.

Mostly peaceful protesters held placards reading “I pledge to resist” and “stop the cuts”, while shouting anti-Conservative and ant-cuts chants.

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