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Hundreds join protests to stop London councils’ bonfire of books

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Issue 2475

Some 300 people protested against library closures in Lambeth, south London, on Monday of this week.

The council plans to close five libraries and turn them into gyms or unstaffed “lounges”.

Local campaigner Jan Nielsen told Socialist Worker, “It was the biggest council lobby in the borough since at least 2011.

“People from all the libraries affected were there. 

“Disabled library users turned out, people came with children and brought homemade placards.”

Councillors were meeting in a school as the town hall is being rebuilt “at great expense” Jan added. She said councillors had promised that everyone would get into the meeting, but around 100 were stuck outside.

“There was a very angry protest that tried to break through the doors,” Jan said.

Activists plan further protests when councillors discuss the planned cuts at future meetings.

Over 200 people protested outside a Barnet council meeting on Monday of this week.

The north London council was debating on drastic changes to library services. 

Save Barnet Libraries organised the protest and the Unison union backed it. 

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