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Movement blossoms in towns and cities across Britain

Issue No. 2229

Protests, meetings and lobbies are taking place across Britain on an almost daily basis as trade unionists join with students and other activists to stop the cuts.

Nearly 100 people attended a public meeting on Thursday of last week to launch Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together.

The meeting agreed to build for the TUC demo on 26 March and to organise another march in Portsmouth on 15 January.

Over 200 people protested at Sandwell council, in the West Midlands, last week. The protest was organised by unions from across the council and the mood was angry and upbeat.

Some 150 people protested outside Lewisham Town Hall, in south east London, on Wednesday of last week against proposals for £60 million cuts.

Protesters stormed into the council meeting chanting, “No ifs no buts. No Lewisham cuts.”

The proposals will be presented to a full council meeting on 29 November, and Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance has called a protest.

A host of meetings and protests have been organised for the coming weeks, including several on 27 November.

In Ipswich, the Suffolk Coalition for Public Services has organised a march and rally in response to plans by the county council to sell off nearly every service, sacking 4,000 workers in the process.

The protest will assemble at 11am, Endeavor House, Russell Road, Ipswich.

In Oxford an anti-cuts protest is assembling at 11.30am at Manzil Way, Cowley and marching to Bonn Square.

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