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(en) Britain, Anarchist journal, Resistance #88 - A TALE OF TWO DEMOS

Date Sun, 22 Oct 2006 08:55:44 +0200

September's Labour Party Conference in Manchester saw several demonstrations
against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and against Labour's policies in Britain.
Members and supporters of the Anarchist Federation joined in on a number of them.
On Saturday 23rd September, thousands of people marched on the CND/Stop The
War "Time to Go" demo. The Anarchist Federation had worked hard with our
friends in the Solidarity Federation to organise a very successful anarchist block
of over 100 people on this march. We made flags and placards and distributed
thousands of copies of anarchist literature to fellow protestors.
The following Wednesday a much smaller rally took place near the Town Hall in
Manchester. Around 70 people met to protest about Labour's war, health and
asylum policies. This time the police reacted
heavy handedly. The small group, includ-
ing people with children and walking sticks
were surrounded by hundreds of cops.
Indymedia reported, "Then they decided,
for whatever reason, to shove people as
hard as they could into a smaller cordon
area, and add a second ring of police.
Several protesters were badly shaken, and
the police narrowly missed shoving young
children and elderly campaigners. A group
of students who were trying to stick together
were shoved against a tree, and were forc-
ibly separated. The police then began try-
ing to clear onlookers to prevent people
seeing what was going on.
When the situation nearly stabilised, senior
police were seen and heard discussing how
to get into the cordon to arrest "ring lead-
ers", and cameras were shoved in the face
of anyone trying to reason with the offic-
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