March Against the Cuts – Saturday 26th February
Below are several exclusive photographs taken at the demonstration where I had the opportunity to also speak to one of those who had been marching around the city centre before gathering for a rally near the cathedral. The protest was organised as a calm and orderly march of around 1,500 people, an ethos respected by those who attended.
With nearly 2,500 job cuts being threatened in the next year and 7,000 over three years, this was a well attended demonstration with confirmed speaker Lee Barron of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in attendance. These cuts are amongst the largest % reduction in the country, despite Birmingham already having the highest unemployment rates of any city in the UK.
A demonstrator, who wishes to remain anonymous, was in Birmingham and told me:
I’m here to support action against the cuts and to play my part in showing the government exactly how insane these cuts are, and how damaging they will be. I think the cuts will damage the local economy… what is the point of making drastic changes when they moan at too many people being unemployed? Birmingham is the second city and one of the largest contributors to our country, and I am ashamed at how these have been dealt to people in Birmingham City Council. But thankfully we are able to march on the route we wanted. It’s been a good day so far.