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Riot police attack protesters at Lewisham Town Hall

Issue No. 2230

Monday night

Monday night's protest outside Lewisham council's council meeting to set a cuts budget (Pic: Jess Edwards)

Around 400 people rallied outside Lewisham town hall this evening against plans by the Labour run council to make £60 million cuts.

The protest, organised by Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance, was boosted by a large feeder march of university students from Goldsmiths College.

After a rally many people rushed into the town hall to voice opposition to the cuts. Around 100 protesters managed to get in.

Police then attacked the protesters with horses, dogs, riot shields and truncheons.

One eyewitness, an NUT member, told Socialist Worker, “The police were like animals. The beat people with their truncheons and even attacked a 72 year old pensioner.”

A student at Goldsmiths, told Socialist Worker, “We marched down from the college and people joined us. We recognise the need to demand not just a future for students but for everyone.”

“Then they denied us access to the town hall and police attacked us, grabbing people by the hair and the neck.”

“It shows how little democracy there really is.”

The crowd moves into the town hall (Pic: Jess Edwards)

The crowd moves into the town hall (Pic: Jess Edwards)

Police with horses intervene (Pic: Jess Edwards)

Police with horses intervene (Pic: Jess Edwards)

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Mon 29 Nov 2010, 20:32 GMT
Issue No. 2230
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