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MANCHESTER MARCH AGAINST TORIES
 

Star date: 30th September 2013

PART TWO: TORIES BADGERED FROM EVERY ANGLE

Over 50,000 people marched around Manchester covering every possible campaign and every possible idiotic policy the ConDem Government dreams up, from the Bedroom Tax, to the privatisation of the NHS, to wage cuts, job losses, social service cuts and shooting badgers.

The Conservative Party Conference welcome in Manchester? In their dreams!

Full demo report and zillions of photos click here…


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First read Part One: The Salford Feeder March – click here

After over 50,000 people had marched around Manchester, the rallies had finished and the police riot vans were pulling away, delegates to the Conservative Party Conference thought it was safe to come out and skulk into the Tory showpiece at the Manchester Central Convention Complex (GMex). How wrong they were…

…To get into the complex, delegates had to run the gauntlet of badger protesters and an ace woman with pink hair holding up a sign reading `We Will Not Be Silenced' as she ushered them up to the guarded entrance…

`Badger killers this way please…do you like killing badgers madam?'… `Excuse me sir, are you into torturing disabled people? Kicking young mums out of their houses? Closing down hospitals? This is the place for you, sir, step right inside…'

The men, with their silk-lined jackets, cringed. The women, in immaculate designer suits, squirmed. While over 50,000 people had been kept well away with steel cordons and riot vans down every side street, here Conservative Party delegates came face to face with Manchester and the human and animal fall-out of their policies.

Every now and then the small group of protesters would break into chants … `Tory scum, off our streets'… `Tory scum off our streets…' and passers by would actually join in. Yes. Welcome to Manchester.

About an hour earlier, in a packed room at Jabez Clegg, an audience trying to Unite The Resistance had heard NHS worker, Karen Reissmann, echo that message from the stage…

"Today we've seen people from all over the country marching together against the scum who are up there in the centre of Manchester; people who were born millionaires and will die millionaires on the back of the work we do, which they want to pay us peanuts for" she dissed "We don't have a single Tory councillor in Manchester and they think they've got the right to come to our city and have their conference here. Our Council Leader said they were bringing £24million into the city, and therefore we should welcome them, but that £24million is spent on their posh hotels and their posh meals served by people on minimum wage, zero hours contracts.

"We're taking cuts in our living standards year after year, and they are in that conference hall now planning how to rip us off even more, to make things even worse" she added "It's not going to end and it's not going to stop. That's why the demonstration was so big, because it's not going to get any better unless you get up and fight. There isn't another solution."

She explained how Ed Miliband had to, eventually, come out and say he will abolish the Bedroom Tax… "only because people have mobilised up and down the country and marched and organised to stop it"…

"People watch the telly and think `I'm on my own, there's nothing I can do' but you cannot come out of that march thinking you're on your own any more" she concluded "You are not on your own. Those Tories are behind barriers because they are on their own. They cannot walk around this city because they know they will be mobbed if they do."

It was a stronger message than that put out from the stage of the official TUC Rally at Whitworth Park, where TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said "We won't let this Government destroy what has taken generations to build", and, kind of, ended there.

The mood of the 50,000 marchers wasn't angry. A brass band marched, a jazz band jammed ironically outside the Wicked signs at The Palace Theatre; zombies danced to Thriller; street theatre `Tories' offered policemen £10 notes outside RBS; there was a cardboard Bedroom Tax house, a Legal Aid coffin being paraded, and campaigners dressed as fluffy badgers on every corner carrying blood soaked photos of the current Government led cull.

There were banners and placards covering every example of Government cruelty, cover-ups and cuts – from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, to Disabled People's Black Triangle Campaign, to the ongoing fight to save Lewisham Hospital and the NHS. Huge trade union balloons lit up the eyeline; trade union branded whistles and rattles pierced the Manchester air. And the Tories polluted GMex.

This was a cabaret of opposition to the ConDem Government. It might soon turn to anger and action if that Government continues on its current path…

katherine green wrote
at 13:01:29 on 01 October 2013
Patterson, the most hated man in Britain, runs and hides at his surgeries now as every time he takes one, protesters against the badger cull arrive. He has no substance and neither does his brutal killing of a protected species. When cattle transporters NEVER have licences removed for breaking Tb regulations and carry on with their trade, this arrogant man is scapegoating badgers as the real culprits are his mates in the farming industry. There were plenty of people protesting about that on Sunday and also still are in the cull zones. This disgusting Government has to go!
 
@Obi_Live wrote
at 13:00:11 on 01 October 2013
Instead of attacking the poor, the government should claim back the £1 Trillion bail out money from the banks and stop the £100 Billion yearly subsidy. Get the £120 Billion tax dodged by corporations every year. Chances of that happening when it is a government by the spoiled one percenters, for the Feral Rich. It took a twitter storm before the BBC even deigned to report on the mass rejection of Tory attacks of the poor and the environment. Frocking not Fracking, Save the Badgers to NHS and Saving Our Services from Corporate takeover. Occupy Livestreamers saved it all on video for posterity and all are welcome to view the unedited 1 hour and 9 minute stream of people marching pass. We have collated it here and Salford Star are welcome to link it or embed to this article. http://occupylondon.org.uk/mass-rejection-of-tory-attacks-on-the-poor-and-the-nhs/
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 09:40:44 on 01 October 2013
What a day! What a march! People from all over the UK with so many grievances and so much anger but also so much amazing humour in their placards and their singing and dancing. When I arrived at the Conference Centre I thought , 'if this party needs so many police and a wall of steel to separate them from the people they are suppose to represent, then something is very, ivery wrong!" The police stood in their conditioned rows but a couple agreed with me when I said ,"you should be out here with us." I am pleased to report that they removed the dogs when I said, "That really is bad PR!" Two black suited conference delegates told me they "didn't, care!!"when I asked them if they had listened to what the people were shouting. That says all we need to know!
 
kim wrote
at 06:14:28 on 01 October 2013
Top article and lots of great pics too, that's why Salford Star, we LOVE you
 
Marjorie wrote
at 06:14:22 on 01 October 2013
Do the Tories now think they have the slightest chances of getting re-elected? Fat chance. We will never forget what you've done Mr Cameron..... Never. Slaughtering hundreds of HEALTHY badgers is just one of the sins this Government have committed.I used to vote Tory... Not any more though.They have well and truly scuppered their chances.
 
elaine pickup wrote
at 06:14:00 on 01 October 2013
Well done salford star for showing the truth :-)
 
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