The Tories are set to announce a barrage of new attacks on workers, migrants and the poor at their conference in Manchester.
But people in the city and across Britain are mobilising against them. Thousands were expected to join the TUC demonstration this Sunday and the People’s Assembly activities between Saturday and Wednesday of next week.
Mark Krantz has been building for the protest with the People’s Assembly in Manchester. “People are buzzing,” he told Socialist Worker.
“We’re ready to greet Tory delegates with the message ‘Conservatives not welcome in Manchester’, which we’re projecting onto their hotel and conference centre.”
Activists are fighting to have the biggest possible turnout on Sunday and make it a focal point to step up resistance against the Tories.
Coaches are coming from across the country.
The police have a “ring of steel” around Manchester city centre to protect the swarm of 12,000 Tory delegates. A broad range of activists have been building for the TUC demo—from trade unionists and anti-racists to disability rights and benefits campaigners.
Mark added, “The local trades council has been out leafleting and there’s plans for workplace delegations to come down to the demo.”
Manchester Metropolitan University student Sian Robbins told Socialist Worker, “We’re going to be part of a student bloc.
“Lots of young people just really want to demonstrate and be part of politics.”
The Tories are ramping up racism against Muslims and migrants. Stand Up to Racism activists have organised a feeder march from the city’s Moss Side and won the TUC’s backing.
The demo can be a launchpad for resistance—we cannot wait four more years under Tory rule.
Unite the Resistance has organised a meeting on fighting the Trade Union Bill for straight after the demo (see ad, left).
Mark said, “I really think some of the city’s poorest people will be out on Sunday—it will be the class on the streets of Manchester.”
Sian said, “It shows that if you don’t agree with austerity you can do something about it.
“You can get together, pick up a placard and change things.”