A Riot of Colour, Solidarity and Indignation on the TUC March in London, a set on Flickr.
Following up on the photos I published yesterday of the best placards and banners I saw on Saturday’s 150,000-strong march and rally in central London (“A Future That Works,” organised by the TUC), this second set of photos features the march more generally, and includes photos I took of various union members and activists on Victoria Embankment, and also as the march proceeded up Whitehall, along Piccadilly, and into Hyde Park for the rally at the end of the day.
There various speakers, including Labour leader Ed Miliband, addressed the government’s crimes against British workers — and also schoolchildren, students, the old, the ill, the homeless, the unemployed and the disabled. My archive of articles about the Tories’ wretched policies, and the resistance to them, is here.
As the Guardian explained, Dave Prentis, the leader of Unison, told the crowd, “We are fighting for a better future. We are not here today for the millionaires — we are here for the millions of people who don’t have a voice. We just can’t take any more.”
Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, said that millions of people “were being pushed into poverty by a government more interested in supporting the country’s elite,” as the Guardian put it, adding, “The biggest cheers of the day came when Bob Crow, leader of the RMT rail union, and Mark Serwotka of the Public and Commercial Services union called for a general strike.”
Ed Miliband also spoke, calling David Cameron “clueless” and describing him as “clinging to policies which were not working.” He was also booed by members of the crowd when he said that whoever was in power would have to make cuts, although he pledged that “if he became prime minister he would tax bankers’ bonuses, support the building of 100,000 houses and end the privatisation of the NHS.”
The next planned action against austerity is on November 14, across southern Europe, which provides another opportunity for those of us who care about the wrecking of our societies to maintain the momentum for a mass movement of resistance that cannot be ignored.
Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed — and I can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Flickr (my photos) and YouTube. Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in April 2012, “The Complete Guantánamo Files,” a 70-part, million-word series drawing on files released by WikiLeaks in April 2011, and details about the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, and available on DVD here — or here for the US). Also see my definitive Guantánamo habeas list and the chronological list of all my articles, and please also consider joining the new “Close Guantánamo campaign,” and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.
On Facebook, Aleksey Penskiy wrote:
Andy, thank you for these wonderful photos! These photos help to better understand the processes taking place in England.This does not show in the Russian news, probably because the Russian media are no longer owned Russian
Thanks, Aleksey. I’m very glad you’re enjoying the photos. Thankfully we have the internet to share information amongst each other. When countries decide to turn that off, then we need to get really worried. Incidentally, the ironic thing about media ownership is that here in Britain Russian ownership of newspapers is increasing – first the Evening Standard, then the Independent, both owned by Alexander Lebedev.
Aleksey Penskiy wrote:
Crime has no nationality
Ha! Yes. Very true. And also, it seems, money has no nationality either. It moves wherever it can avoid paying taxes.
Aleksey Penskiy wrote:
I place your photos on a Russian website Odnoklassniki, is an analogue of Facebook.
Thanks, Aleksey. That’s very good to hear about you making my photos available on the Russian website.
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