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Mobilising to make Manchester demo massive

Issue No. 2018

Activists around Britain hit the streets last weekend to make sure there is the biggest possible turnout for the Time To Go demonstration in Manchester on 23 September.

In many places, people dressed up as Tony Blair and organised street theatre. In Manchester, a Stop the War activist dressed up as the Grim Reaper with a giant Blair mask and handed out leaflets.

Many areas are holding public meetings to build for the demo. Islington in north London had their biggest Stop the War meeting in years. Nearly 100 people came to hear Jeremy Corbyn MP, Moazzam Begg and others.

An activist said, “There was a very young, very mixed audience. At least two thirds of those at the meeting were new to the movement.”

In Stockport, near Manchester, Alex Naysmith helped to organise their first Stop the War public meeting last week. He told Socialist Worker that around 45 people came to the meeting. “It was really good to see new people coming along and getting involved in organising for Manchester,” he said.

Dave Prentis, the general secretary of the Unison union, has mailed all branch secretaries to tell them that Unison is supporting the demo and to ask them to inform members and encourage them to attend the demo.

The Stop the War Coalition has also organised a Time For Change alternative conference on Sunday 24 September to bring activists together after the protest.

It will include speakers such as George Galloway MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Lindsey German, Moazzam Begg, Walter Wolfgang, Tariq Ali and many others. It is at Roscoe Building, University of Manchester, Brunswick Street from 10am to 6pm.

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Sat 16 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2018
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