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London, 05/11/2016. Today, more than two thousand people gathered outside the British Library to protest against the closure of libraries, museums and galleries by the British Government led by Theresa May. Then, protesters marched peacefully to Trafalgar Square where they held a rally. From the oganisers Facebook event page: <<[…] Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment. Libraries are, or should be, trusted public spaces for everyone. They play a crucial role in improving literacy, in combating the digital divide and in widening democratic involvement. BUT, in the UK since 2010, we've LOST: - 8,000 paid and trained library workers; - 343 libraries (600-plus including ones handed to volunteers); and - One in five regional museums at least partially closed. We've also seen: - Libraries' and museums' opening hours cut; - Budgets, education programmes and mobile/ housebound/specialist services slashed; - An escalation in commercialisation and privatisation; - A 93% increase in the use of volunteers in libraries; - Income generation become the priority for almost 80% of museums. This is a crisis and not an opportunity. Users, staff, campaigners and unions need to unite and fight before it's too late. PCS Culture Sector, Unite the Union, Barnet UNISON & Save Barnet Libraries, and Campaign for the Book have been calling for a national demonstration to highlight the 'clear and present danger' to our national Library service […]>>. The demo was supported by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and by the French Trade Union "la CGT" (General Confederation of Labour, Confédération générale du travail).<br />
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London, 05/11/2016. Today, more than two thousand people gathered outside the British Library to protest against the closure of libraries, museums and galleries by the British Government led by Theresa May. Then, protesters marched peacefully to Trafalgar Square where they held a rally. From the oganisers Facebook event page: <<[…] Public Libraries and Museums remain the lynchpin of communities, offering access to learning, reading, history, art, information and enjoyment....
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