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Posted on 13 June 2012 at 13:20 GMT

'Austerity Games' to highlight young people's plight

Young people and trade unionists from across the country will be sending teams to Hackney Marshes to compete in the 'Austerity Games' in the week before the Olympics.

Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) will be launching its manifesto 'A future for the 99%', with ten athletics events aimed at highlighting the plight of young people in the shadow of the expensive and corporate Olympic Games.

The manifesto lays out the problems faced by young people in Britain today and a strategy of how to get organised and fight for a decent future.

Suzanne Beishon, London YFJ organiser said: "24 billion has been spent on the Olympics, but where is the lasting benefit for ordinary Londoners? We're getting organised to demand that the fantastic facilities built for the Olympics, instead of being demolished or sold to the private sector, be used to provide genuinely affordable housing and to benefit local communities.

"Our alternative Olympics, the 'Austerity Games' will take place on Hackney Marshes on Monday 23rd July and include world-class events like Property High Jump and a Race to the Bottom."

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