7,000 Right to Work activists, trade unionists and students from all over the country marched on the Tory Conference on Sunday 3rd October.
We defied an attempt to ban the demonstration by the police and the ConDem Birmingham City Council, we marched despite a heavy police presence, and we marched despite pouring rain.
We marched to make it clear the to ConDem government that the fight to stop their cuts starts here. As one GMB speaker put it, ‘if they want a war, we’ll give them a war’.
West Midlands Police are pleased to confirm that a planned protest in Birmingham city centre has this afternoon passed off peacefully.The ‘Right to Work’ march through the city centre’s entertainment district was planned to coincide with the start of the Conservative Party Conference at the nearby International Convention Centre.
Between 5000 and 7000 protesters are thought to have attended the event, which travelled along the Broad Street area, leading to a road closure between Five Ways and Paradise Circus and other local streets.
Superintendent Dave Sturman, the commander for the policing operation of the Conservative Party Conference, said this afternoon: “We are very pleased with the way the march has gone this afternoon.
“The protesters were peaceful and the operation went largely to plan.
“At this stage there have been no arrests and we have received no reports of any criminal offences, such as damage, as a result of the event.
“We understand that this protest may have caused some disruption to people in the city, and we thank them for their patience during the course of this afternoon’s event.”
The march lasted for two hours, travelling along a planned route which passed through Lionel Street, Summer Row, Holiday Street, Gas Street and Broad Street.
Old Class warriors are stirring from their armchairs checking for the nearest Wetherspoons. For once there will be an alternative to the Trot march. How succesfull it is will determine how the opposition to the Tories develops. But at the very least comrades you need to be there.Any successful political movement needs momentum – to get that vitality of momentum we need to put our collective shoulders to the wheel.
It was the rain, one anarchist said that his armchair would get damp and how could he sit there all week in pontification of the revolution on a damp armchair?
Another said this colour red of directions runs in the rain, fuck that of round to me mothers for Sunday Lunch..