Save the NHS National Demonstration

Save the NHS March September 29 2013-

Conservative Party delegates gathered for their annual party conference in Manchester this week, amid tight security.

The start of the conference, on Sunday 29 September, attracted more than 50,000 protestors who marched through the streets around the conference centre shouting slogans meant to be heard by the delegates inside.

It was billed as the Save the NHS National Demonstration and organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity – a collective of unions and other campaign groups set up this year to oppose the Government’s programme of spending cuts.

The demonstration led to a huge police operation, with ring of steel placed around the conference centre and Midland Hotel, bus diversions, and a suspension of the Metro service near Manchester Central Convention Complex, and with police helicopters and video surveillance teams keeping a close eye on participants.

The event culminated in a rally in Whitworth Park where crowds were addressed by Leigh MP Andy Burnham – Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health – and Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey.

After the march GMP issued a statement.

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare said: “This was the largest protest Greater Manchester Police have had to manage and I would like to thank those who attended for behaving in a peaceful and lawful manner. It was clear the intentions of the organisers and those who were involved in the march wanted to protest peacefully, as is their democratic right to do so. It is pleasing that with a crowd of 50,000 there were only two arrests for low level offences.

‘’Our officers performed to the highest standards and got the balance right between facilitating protest and upholding the law. As we estimate that 50,000 people attended, and that their march covered significant parts of the city centre, we did require a significant police presence, in the interests of public safety and protecting our city. ‘’

After the event, some people complained the demonstration hadn’t attracted it’s fair share of media attention.

Now you can hear a full report from WFM’s News Team. Our report offers a rare chance to hear from the diverse voices of protest who rallied under one banner.

You can listen to our Save the NHS demonstration special at the following times:

Friday 4 October 2pm

Saturday 5 October 2.30pm

Sunday 6 October 9pm

Monday 7 October 7pm

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