LOCAL DEMONSTRATIONS took place across the country on Wednesday. Here are some of the reports our readers sent in to Socialist Worker.
EDINBURGH: The atmosphere in Edinburgh was brilliant. There were about 7,000 people marching, singing ‘Power to the people’ and banging drums. Around 1,500 marched to the US consulate.
GLASGOW: There were about 3,000 people in George Square on Wednesday night. Some 800 came to George Square at lunchtime as a statue of Bush was toppled.
BRISTOL: Over 2,000 people gathered in the city centre in the evening. The police refused permission for people to march, but they took to the streets anyway.
NEWCASTLE: We held the biggest anti-war demo we have ever had in Newcastle. Northern Region Unison helped mobilise for the demo, and there was a big contingent of school students.
OXFORD: Over 1,000 people marched from Oxford Brookes University and east Oxford to join 500 people rallying in the city centre. Anti-capitalist campaigner George Monbiot spoke at the rally.
MANCHESTER: It was a great day of protest in Manchester. More than 3,000 went on a teatime march. Then around 2,000 pushed past the police chanting ‘Whose streets? Our streets!’
NORTHAMPTON: Around 100 people, including TGWU delegates, came to see a statue of Bush demolished.
EXETER: About 500 people rallied in the evening. The protest and speeches made local TV news.
BIRMINGHAM: About 1,000 people rallied in Birmingham. There were protests in Walsall and elsewhere in the West Midlands.
CANTERBURY: About 200 people protested in Canterbury. There were school students, pensioners and trade unionists.
SHEFFIELD: There were about 500 of us marching. At lunchtime around 200 people, mostly from schools and Sheffield’s universities, marched round town.
CAMBRIDGE: A crowd of around 250 demonstrated in Cambridge, chanting ‘Bush, fuck you, Rumsfeld too-and your poodle!’
NORWICH: About 400 people protested in Norwich. Our toppling of a Bush statue went out live on TV.
NOTTINGHAM: From 5pm we marched round the town, sitting down, running and chanting, around 500 of us.
Among other protests were St Albans, Bedford, Bradford, Chesterfield, Southend, Harlow, Hull, Reading, Huddersfield, Preston, Halifax, York, Derby, Leeds, Scarborough, Portsmouth, Swansea, Southampton and Cardiff.
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