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SALFORD MARCH TO TORY PARTY CONFERENCE IN DOUBT
 

Star date: 18th August 2013

BEXLEY SQUARE FEEDER MARCH TO TORY PARTY CONFERENCE BAN?

On 29th September a big feeder march from Salford's Bexley Square is due to meet a larger march by protesters from all over the country in Manchester town centre to tell the Conservative Party Conference `No To Austerity'.

Now, the Salford Star understands, the Salford march is in doubt - but activists say that it will go ahead anyway, like it or not…

Full details here…


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The publicity has already gone out from trade unions and the Salford TUC advertising a `Salford Feeder March to Manchester for National Protest at Conservative Party Conference'.

Backed by Salford TUC, Greater Manchester TUC, Salford City UNISON, Unite 406 and many community campaigns, the Salford section is set to assemble at 10am in Bexley Square on 29th September, before marching to Manchester to merge with the main national march on Liverpool Road, and proceeding to a rally in Whitworth Park.

Now those plans are in doubt, the Salford Star understands, although Greater Manchester Police would neither confirm nor deny that they were behind any potential ban.

"We're waiting to hear from the police and the North West TUC about the finalisation of the programme" says Stefan Cholewka, secretary of Greater Manchester Association of Trades Councils.

When the Conservative Party Conference was last held in Manchester in October 2011, hundreds of Salford people met at Bexley Square before marching to meet the main national protest outside GMex (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Now, the Star believes, the problem is with finding a space in Manchester for the Salford march to end, as people with disabilities, families with children and the elderly cannot be expected to walk miles to Whitworth Park for the TUC rally. Local trade unionists wanted somewhere central, in Manchester, where the Salford march could finish with a smaller rally to give people a voice in their own city.

The Salford Star is awaiting a comment from Greater Manchester Police, but local activists say told us that, even if the Salford march is banned, they will go ahead anyway…

For further details on the Salford March see Facebook Page - click here

john catterall wrote
at 18:07:50 on 27 August 2013
we had a meeting of Community Activists and the GMATUC last week to finalise the Salford Feeder March and it will definitely be on ...... We are dealing with all the necessary organisations and the Police as well as DPAC ( Disabled People Against the Cuts )and we have agreed the route ... John Catterall Unite Community member
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 10:49:38 on 23 August 2013
Surely this is PROTEST and DEMONSTRATION against the Gov's plans to destroy our National Health Service. The people of Salford have a legal right to [peaceful] protest against this act of vandalism and should do so from the centre of their city. What the Government is doing is without a mandate since it was not in its manifesto. Its actions are illegally, sly and deceitful.I would like to go from Beckley Square, because it is a symbolic and historical spot for protests for Salford. ALSO I would like to march as close as possible to the Conference Centre and make my voice heard. To go AWAY from the Centre seems to me to defeat the purpose of this Protest. It will certainly reduce impact. But of course that is why the Police have suggested this route. If we really wanted to we could dictate our own route.
 
Andy Thorpe wrote
at 08:18:51 on 22 August 2013
Joolz is right . We don't need any permission . Sod them all , and their bullshit rules and regulations . VIVA LA REVOLUTION .
 
PMSL wrote
at 08:18:29 on 22 August 2013
We should drag Mayor Yellow Belly along with us . After all , he pretends to be ' a people man ' PMSL .
 
joolz wrote
at 16:40:21 on 21 August 2013
We don't need their permission. We meet at Bexley Square, and then as we set off some kind soul rings the police and "informs" them that there is a march setting off.. We have done this before. We set the route as we go, and as we have a public "right of way" on the highway they can't stop us.. and didn't on parasite (sorry royal) wedding day when around 200 marched straight down Oxford Rd with no planned route, right through to Hulme.. Once we hit the city people can go where they want to join the march route.. Near Oxford Rd station is a traditional place, as is St Peters Square. See everybody in Salford :) Vive la Revolution XD
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 15:48:05 on 19 August 2013
I'm sure this can be resolved. We have several times marched from Salford to meet large demonstrations in Manchester and I have no doubt we will do so again.
 
margaret tunnacliffe wrote
at 19:22:36 on 18 August 2013
It was bound to happen sooner or later.People are sick and tired of all the cuts and then lining the pockets of the FAT CATS.
 
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