Resistance to austerity is growing. Tens of thousands who want to take the fight to the Tories were set to march through central London this Saturday.
The End Austerity Now demonstration, organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, will be an opportunity to reignite the fightback.
Another demonstration was set to take place in Glasgow, co-organised by the Scottish TUC.
There’s been a groundswell of resistance since the Tories got back in last month. Around 600 people marched against austerity in Swansea last Saturday.
Eve Moriarty is one of the young activists who helped organise the protest. She told Socialist Worker, “Sometimes protests can be quite sombre, but this one was quite fun.
“There was a really good atmosphere. Everyone was shouting and getting involved—people from all walks of life were there”.
Tim, who was on the protest, added, “The march was brilliant. Everyone is still buzzing from it.
“Everybody was very angry about the Tories—it was very much an anti-Tory march. It was probably the biggest anti-Tory march in Swansea since the 1980s.
“We sold a lot of coach tickets for the London demo. There’s very much a feeling that everybody is going to London.”
Some 100 people attended a London-wide planning meeting for the protest on Thursday of last week. And last Saturday activists held a cavalcade through the streets of north London—jumping in and out of cars to give out leaflets and flyers for the protest.
Others dropped banners reading “Stand up to Austerity” from bridges across the Thames river in central London.
The scale of the protests has rattled the right wing press.
The Daily Mail newspaper warned of riots after an undercover reporter filmed activists planning to stage direct actions on the day.
But this shows that the demo has become a focus for all those who hate the Tories—and are ready to take action to bring them down.
Eve said, “People on the march will be part of a movement—we want a sense that people are rising up against the government”.
Ellie, a lone parent and housing activist from north London agreed. She told Socialist Worker, “I’ve only recently got involved with all this.
“At first I didn’t really get the point of marching. The Tories aren’t going to say, ‘Look, people are angry so let’s stop what we’re doing.
“But it’s about bringing people together on the day so that more things can come from that.”
She added, “It’s time we all stood up together against the Tories. A lot of people have got this feeling now that we need to fight back.
“I see lots of people on Facebook saying we need a revolution. I’m up for that.”
Thousands march in Dorset
More than 1,000 campaigners marched through Dorchester, Dorset, last Saturday against attacks on local hospital services.
The clinical commissioning group (CCG) bosses are planning to shut the childrens’ King Fisher ward and special baby unit at Dorset County Hospital.
They also plan to move other services to east Dorset. The campaign has broad support.
As it streamed through Dorset, more people joined the march and rally. A local councillor slammed the plans as a “disgrace”.
Campaigners plan to hold a meeting with CCG bosses next week.