Gloucestershire activists take protest to Manchester
Coachloads of anti-cuts protestors from Gloucestershire joined people marching in Manchester yesterday.
Caroline Molloy, co-ordinator for Stroud Against The Cuts, said they had taken two coaches of people from the county to the union protest on the opening day of the Conservative Party conference.
“It seemed huge,” she said. “I walked from the front to the back and it took me a good hour. I think there were around 100,000 people there.
“There has been a really good atmosphere and we bumped into other people from Gloucestershire as well.
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“Everyone is very fired up and we have been talking to people about what we’ve been doing in Gloucestershire, fighting privitisation in the NHS, and it seems others are facing similar problems.
“It has been a good chance to talk about it.”
The protest was highlighting the impact of Government policies on jobs and spending across the health service, as well as the ‘rapid sell-off’ of the most lucrative parts of the NHS to private healthcare companies.
Badger cull protesters also headed to the march and listened to a speech by wildlife campaigner and broadcaster Dominic Dyer.
Greater Manchester Police tweeted: “Estimations are that around 50k involved in protest. One of the largest ever policed by GMP.
“No arrests and everyone safe in the sunshine.”