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Freedom riders to march through Barnsley

Issue No. 2412

Freedom Ride activists and supporters were set to march through Barnsley on Saturday of this week. They are demanding that south Yorkshire councils reinstate free travel for older people.

The Freedom Riders have been protesting since March, when councils removed free train travel from disabled and older people. They have travelled on trains while refusing to pay in protest.

Their action forced councils to give free travel back to disabled people and half price travel to older people. But they are still fighting for the full concession to be returned.

Freedom Rider Michelle told Socialist Worker, “We need to support the elderly so that they aren’t trapped in their homes. It’s a disgrace that the cuts are coming from a Labour council that is supposed to look after us.”

Protesters are also fighting to defend George Arthur and Tony Nuttall, who were arrested on a protest in June. 

Footage of transport police officers forcing Tony to stand with his head between his knees sparked outrage.

George has been charged with fare evasion and obstructing police. Tony has been charged with obstructing police. They have pled not guilty and are set to be in court on 8 December.

Assemble 11am, Saturday 19 July, Eastgate, Barnsley (outside Barnsley College)

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