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Star date: 28th April 2011 

MAY DAY SEES 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF BEXLEY SQUARE

MAY DAY RALLY
Monday 2nd May 2pm
Bexley Square, Salford  

This year's May Day is also the 80th Anniversary of the famous battle of Bexley Square when the police brutally broke up a protest against government cuts outside the old Salford Town Hall.

With the ConDem government cuts repeating themselves it seems apt that this year's rally, called by Salford Against The Cuts, is happening in Bexley Square and everyone is urged to turn out and support it. Bernard Brough reports on the rally and the history.

Updated 3rd May 2011 with photos by Albert Spiby

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For well over a century May Day has been celebrated as International Workers Day commemorating all that ordinary working people have achieved. This year Salford Against the Cuts is marking not just the May Day holiday, but also the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of Bexley Square at which tens of thousands of people marched against the savage cuts being inflicted by the then National Government.

As the protesters tried to hand in a petition at the old town hall, then sited at Bexley Square, they were charged by mounted police who, wielding batons and truncheons, set about the protesters. Plain clothed policemen joined in the attack on the marchers, lashing out at people indiscriminately and ripping placards and banners down.

The police tactics worked and eventually the crowd dispersed, though two other, smaller, protests were held, they were quickly stopped by the arrival of another large squad of police.

The desperation the cuts caused in the 1930s was almost unimaginable. Suicide rates rose by 25%. And a 1932 survey carried out by the National Unemployed Workers Movement revealed how people were reduced to selling off what furniture they might have had to buy food, with soap boxes being used as tables and a diet of bread and margarine with tea being all most could afford.

To show your opposition to the cuts and commemorate what a previous generation of Salfordians endured, get down to Bexley Square on Monday 2nd May from 2pm.

MAY DAY RALLY
Monday 2nd May 2pm
Bexley Square, Salford  

Called by Salford Against The Cuts
Contact:
salfordagainstcuts@gmail.com

Davey wrote
at 8:23:21 AM on Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Great Rally .Shame such a poor turnout .What is the matter with people ? Do they lack the basic intelligence to understand what the torycon bastards , ably assisted by clowncil cretins , are doing to us all ? Wake up and FIGHT BACK , you damned fools .
 
Steven North wrote
at 1:20:15 PM on Tuesday, May 3, 2011
We had a really good rally yesterday. The turnout might not have been on a historic scale (about 70) but we had some top speakers, especially Tony Flynn who talked about the Battle of Bexley Square itself. May Day is firmly back on the agenda in Salford. Next year we'll be marching! If anybody wants to come the next Salford Against the Cuts meeting is next Monday (9th May) at The Old Pint Pot at 7PM. Ta, Steve
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 7:48:56 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2011
Red Dave is quite right when he says events like this will educate people on the past struggles of the working class, not only in Salford, but throughout the country. The thing is it's only people who have an interest in this area who are aware that the Battle of Bexley Square took place. These savage and unjustified cuts should be opposed, but simply opposing them is not enough. Considered alternatives should be put forward of which there are many. One thing that should not be allowed to happen is for the demo to be hijacked by anarchist radicals, they are as much an enemy of the working class as any government.
 
Red Dave wrote
at 12:28:47 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hopefully important events like this will educate people to the simple truth .The tories are EVIL, Anti-working class and unemployed . The tories and their lap-dogs , the liberals are implementing thatcherite policies , forcing the poor to pay for the excesses of the corrupt bankers and their big - business chums .There should be a massive turn-out for this event , and a massive fight-back built on it .
 
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