A sunny success for the People’s Assembly

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Anindya Bhattacharyya writes:

Saturday’s march through central London was a test for the People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s – the first time it had organised a national march primarily through its own resources, rather than putting a call out for a march that brought bigger forces (the TUC, the big unions) behind it.

It passed that test smoothly and with flying colours. The march was a sunny success, drawing visible delegations from far and wide: Lancaster, Dorset, Norwich – even a small group around a Cornish flag. The biggest blocs were unsurprisingly connected to two public services people feel passionate about protecting: education and health. But anti-war sentiment also ran through the demo: “NHS Not Trident” was a hugely popular placard, as were Stop the War placards opposing British military intervention in Iraq or Ukraine.

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The march assembled at Portland Place before snaking its way down Regent Street to a variety of reactions from passing tourists (most reached for their smartphones). At…

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One thought on “A sunny success for the People’s Assembly

  1. I admire everyone who went and wish that I too could have taken part – bad health stops me doing these things unless they are very close to me.
    I am ashamed of our media as they did nothing to report on this, particularly the BBC who knew damn well what was going on and completely ignored it – shame on them and I truly hope that people stop paying their licence as it has continually shown us the bias they have towards the “coalition government”.

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