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Resistance to Tories in Manchester continues with anti-racist march

by Sam Fairbrother
Issue No. 2474

The Stand up to Racism protest on Tuesday

The Stand up to Racism protest on Tuesday (Pic: Lewis Nielsen)

Hundreds of people protested outside Tory Party Conference yesterday, Tuesday in support of Refugees. The protest was organised by Stand up to Racism (SUTR).

Protesters marched down Oxford Road before 150 attended a rally at the Dance House Theatre.

Some Tory delegates pushed through the march in an attempt to provoke the protesters.

James McGuigan from Manchester said, “We were minding our own business when the bastards pushed me.”

Speakers at the rally included Janet Alder, sister of Christopher Alder, who died in police custody.

Weyman Bennett from Stand up to Racism spoke on the importance of trade unions in the fight against racism and islamophobia.

And Shelly Asquith, vice preisident for welfare at the NUS, spoke about how students can fight the government’s islamophobic Prevent strategy. 

She said, “It's fantastic to speak to activists on a whole series of issues and how to tackle them on our communities.”

Other speakers included two Labour councillors. Julie Reid, councillor for Gorton in Manchester, spoke out against Theresa's May's attacks on migrants and refugees.

Manchester SUTR is now organising to send a delegation to the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais on 17 October.

Meanwhile the resistance to Tories in Manchester continued with a number of other protests.

Protests against fracking and the Trident nuclear weapons system are ongoing.

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