Protesters from the length and breadth of the country are on their way to central London this morning to take part in the TUC’s national demonstration against the Tory’s vicious cuts programme.
The protest comes as more troubles pile up for the government.
Chief whip Andrew Mitchell was forced to resign over “plebgate” while chancellor George Osborne caught cheating on his train fares by sitting in first class without a valid ticket.
Thankfully there were no such confusing class divisions on the train chartered by the Unite union taking demonstrators from Manchester to London.
“The train is completely packed with demonstrators,” Mark Krantz told Socialist Worker. “It’s so mixed—there’s people with babies, people in wheelchairs, young, old, big delegations from workplaces like councils and hospitals. It’s a great mood.”
Protesters were also making their way from the west of England. “I’m on one of the Unison coaches from central Bristol,” said Ruari O’Neill.
“Unison alone organised five coaches—and they’re all packed out. Everyone’s feeling very up and looking forward to getting to London.”
The march will assemble along Victoria Embankment from Hungerford Bridge to Blackfriars Bridge. People will be arriving from 11am onwards and the march will start to move off around noon.
But the TUC says it will take considerable time for the march to move off. Its advice to protesters is to arrive between 11am and 1pm.
Nearby tube stations include Blackfriars, Southwark, St Pauls, Waterloo and Embankment. The march will then make its way to a huge rally in Hyde Park.
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