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5,000 protest in Sheffield as Lib Dems cower behind fence

Issue No. 2242

Some 5,000 people marched on the Lib Dems' spring conference in Sheffield on Saturday.

Rage at the Liberal liars sparked what was the biggest demonstration in the city for many years, organised by the Right to Work campaign and Sheffield Against the Cuts.

Trade unionists joined the protest in groups, including blocs of council workers, teachers, nurses and railway workers. Students and pensioners came out in force too.

Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, protected by 1,000 police and a huge metal fence, was the focus of many people's anger.

Social worker Liz said, “Clegg has lied, he’s power crazy, he’s broken all his promises, he’s more Tory than the Tories.

“I voted for the Lib Dems as a protest vote against Labour and we still got the Tories. I absolutely hate them.”

Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey addressed the crowd, praising the student movement and calling for the Lib Dems to break from the coalition

Sixth form student Alice said, “I’m here because of tuition fees and all the other cuts, because Clegg and the Lib Dems have gone back on what they said they would do.”

It came after hundreds protested outside the conference on Friday night.

And hours after the Saturday rally formally ended, there were still hundreds protesting on the streets.

For a full report read next week's Socialist Worker.

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Sun 13 Mar 2011, 17:38 GMT
Issue No. 2242
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