Monday, October 3, 2011
UK REVOLT - Anti-cuts march in Manchester
More than 35,000 people have taken part in a march through central Manchester protesting against government cuts.
The TUC organised the March for the Alternative to coincide with the Conservative Party conference. Many protesters wanted tax avoidance tackled and spending to encourage growth.
On the eve of the conference, David Cameron pledged no U-turns on cuts and dismissed calls for extra spending.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said no arrests had been made during the march.
'People are angry'
A post-march rally was held at Number One First Street close to the conference centre.
About 200 protesters from the anti-cuts group Occupy broke away from the main march and positioned themselves in Albert Square, where they said they intended to stage a sit-in.
GMP said that some people had initially covered their faces, but were asked to remove hoods and scarves.
A small group of protesters attempted to break into the Bridgewater Hall, the home of Manchester's Halle Orchestra, but were stopped by police.
One woman fell during the march and was treated for head injuries, but no other casualties were reported.
Members of the Salford branch of the TUC began their march into the city at 10:30 BST.
Other groups took part in the protests, including students and animal rights groups.
Manchester Central Labour MP Tony Lloyd, who was among those at the head of the march, said: "People here are angry, but many are frightened.
"This government is slashing billions and billions from our public services.
"Even top Tories are calling on George Osborne to go for a proper Plan B and go for growth."
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, who also took part, said: "We all know the cuts are hurting, but they're not working and you can't cut your way out of a recession.
"If you clawed all the tax back that has been evaded and avoided and you put in a Robin Hood tax, we'd raise a very, very, large amount of money."
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Manchester March: Over 30,000 protest UK govt cuts push