80,000 Expected in the Streets to “Take Back Manchester” During Tory Meeting


by Michaela Whitton


(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Jeremy Corbyn, Billy Bragg, and Owen Jones are just some of the big names set to join activists in a mass protest when the Tory Party conference rolls into Manchester next month.

Organised by The People’s Assembly, the national week of action called “Take Back Manchester! expects to see up to 80,000 protesters demanding policy change and slamming austerity while making sure the Tories are met with the opposition they deserve.

As the government mercilessly punishes the vulnerable while looking out for the rich and powerful, comedians, musicians, and a spectrum of campaign groups intend to show that they are not prepared to tolerate Britain being decimated.

The packed timetable of events includes gigs, comedy and theatre, workshops, political talks, and marches through the city and will be used to stand up to the U.K.’s overwhelming political system. Meeting topics will include privatisation, Save our NHS, climate change, education, TTIP, Welfare not Warfare, racism, unions, and Europe.

Symbol of hope and new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will speak as part of a TUC meeting at Manchester Cathedral and will be joined by columnist Owen Jones and TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

The Student Assembly Against Austerity will stand against the scrapping of maintenance grants and saddling of students with unprecedented amounts of debt outside the venue. Thousands of voices will demand a fairer economy and the protection of rents, jobs, and public services.

A comedy night “Laugh them out of town boasts a lineup that includes Frankie Boyle, Jeremy Hardy, and Nish Kumar and as part of the demonstration, The Super Furry Animals and Charlotte Church will perform at Manchester Academy. A ‘noise’ protest will take place outside Manchester Central to make sure the voice of opposition is heard.

The Socialist Worker claims that Manchester’s spirit of resistance is already growing in anticipation of the Tory visit. Activists have been gathering in Piccadilly Gardens since a rooftop protest was staged there last month while a homeless protest camp has defied court orders and stayed put.

The People’s Assembly has arranged transport to Manchester from all over the country and low cost accommodation is available in a sports hall for a few pounds a night.

After the success of June’s demonstration in central London, it appears that momentum and excitement are already rising for another opportunity to slam austerity and counter the Tory Party agenda.



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