Huge anti-Tory protests planned during party conference this weekend

Organisers of the protest say that the Tory party in government is the source of 'all our problems'.

A large-scale protest against austerity and the Conservative government will take place outside the Tory party conference on Sunday.

The march is organised by anti-austerity campaign’s group the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, and part of a their four-day ‘Shut Down The Tories’ festival, running from Saturday 28 September to Tuesday 1 October.

Organisers expect ‘thousands’ to turn up in the protest against who they say is a prime minister ‘with no mandate’ who is ‘wrecking’ the NHS and ignoring ‘crises faced by our public services’.

Calling for large numbers to turn out, a spokesperson for the People’s Assembly said: “The Tory party in government is the immediate source of all our problems.

“It is from here that the climate deniers gain their strength. It is this government, now shamefacedly trying to pretend that it is ending austerity while simultaneously pushing through measures that rip apart working-class communities. It is by this government that the NHS is being privatised.

“It is from the mouth of Boris Johnson that racist remarks spew forth resulting in racist attacks on the streets. If the Tories remain in power the country will ratchet to the far right.”

The protest, calling for ‘mass, unstoppable resistance’, is the latest in a series of grassroots anti-Johnson demonstrations. Thousands took to the streets on the 31 August ‘Stop the Coup’ after the government confirmed its plan to suspend Parliament, a move many saw as undemocratic.

This was followed by several days of protests, with police having to intervene when pro-Brexit activist group Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) clashed with anti-Brexit protest March for Change in Westminster on 2 September.

And last Tuesday, a much smaller protest in Luxembourg caused Johnson to cancel a press conference following his working lunch with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. After Johnson rushed off loud chants of ‘Bog off Boris’ and ‘B*****s to Brexit’, Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel addressed the crowds next to an empty podium.

Sunday’s rally will kick off at midday in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, before marching on along Oxford Road.

Sophia Dourou is a freelance journalist.

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One Response to “Huge anti-Tory protests planned during party conference this weekend”

  1. john

    all well and good, having a good shout at the Tories about what’s wrong…what we want is clear policies that people can get hold of and vote for Labour…which seems a bit of a fantastic dream on my part, with the current madness of conference demanding the remain members of the party just shut up and wait for our indecisive leader to make up his aged mind on where we stand…the election is a month or so away…what a shambles, it will not end good with a leader like this one…he’s the problem? He’s lost an election already, the Scottish referendum and the Brexit vote…need I go on?

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