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Protest and anger sweeps Britain against smug Tories

Issue No. 2225

Some 3,000 people marched in Bristol  (Pic: Christy Nunns)

Some 3,000 people marched in Bristol (Pic: Christy Nunns)


Saturday saw a great display of resistance to the Tories and their Lib Dem lackeys—with around 50,000 protesting.

In London, 2,000 marched on a demonstration led by striking firefighters.

The London regions of the RMT, FBU. PCS and UCU unions called the protest and the National Shop Stewards Network and the Right to Work campaign backed it.

Some 1,000 protested in Manchester. Labour MP Gerald Kaufman said, “Ministers decided on a series of cuts. But it will not be ministers who suffer. Ministers don’t need help in pregnancy, free school meals for their children or SureStart.

“This is a cabinet of the rich victimising poor families.”

A fantastic 15,000 marched in Belfast.

Ann Donnelly, joint regional convenor of Unison, attacked finance minister Sammy Wilson, who had dismissed the protest as a “waste of time”.

The crowd booed every time his name was mentioned.

“My message to Sammy Wilson is get real,” she said. People are losing their jobs and are angry. They don’t want any cuts and they don’t want any job losses.”

Bristol saw 3,000 come onto the streets.

In Sheffield, the Right to Work campaign organised a feeder march to the TUC rally in the city centre. Support was broad, with banners from local FBU, Green Party, NUT, Unison, UCU and PCS branches.

Determined

Over 200 people joined an anti-cuts protest in Norwich. “The mood is angry and determined and the call for a general strike got a big cheer,” reports Julie.

More than 40 activists protested outside the surgery of newly-elected Lib Dem MP Ian Swales in Redcar.

They represented at least six unions.

Unison rep Eve Cole asked, “How dare the government once again attack vulnerable members of society? The bankers caused the downturn.” Up to 300 marched through York city centre—including firefighters, lecturers, rail workers, civil service workers and students.

A delegation from Newport Passport Office led a 300-strong march in Cardiff.

The passport office is threatened with closure and many other workers across Wales are under attack.

More than 600 people protested in Cambridge. They included health workers, council workers, firefighters and representatives from the Turkish and Kurdish community.

Thanks to everyone who sent reports to Socialist Worker.


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