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This weekend thousands marched across the UK in defence of the welfare state and in protest against the government's austerity programme. We hit the streets with them to find out what they stand for.

by i-D Staff
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22 June 2015, 1:57pm

Where are you from?
Dalston.

Why are you here?
I'm here because I believe in the welfare state and I'm scared of a government who doesn't. The Tories claim that austerity is an economic necessity. It's a lie. Austerity is unethical and unnecessary and will only entrench the deepening inequality in Britain.

What do you stand for?
Equality and social justice. Protecting the most vulnerable in our society and confronting racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. I want to fight the Tory rhetoric that demonises those who need a little help and ascribes worth to people based on their economic output.

If you were Prime Minister, what would you do?
I'd be the worst PM, I'm always late. Jeremy Corbyn FTW.

Do you think you're better off than your parents generation?
Economically we're worse off. But it depends on how you define it. Happiness is subjective and young people aren't a monolith.

Do the people have the power?
It's easy to be apathetic and disenchanted with politics when it feels like a rich white boys' club so out of touch with reality. But voicing anger and disagreement is important. Demos can have an impact, but only with sustained political engagement. Social media is changing activism, providing a platform for political discourse independent of traditional media outlets and government. Politicians will have to listen if our voices are amplified enough.

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Photography Rosie Harriet Ellis

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