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.
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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