It was the biggest demonstration in Britain outside London according to organisers. Around 30,000 people were expected to turn up in Manchester to march against the government’s policy in the Middle East and to reject nuclear weapons. The theme is ‘Time To Go’- a call to get troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Prime Minister Tony Blair has already announced it was time he went- Sunday’s Labour Party conference in Manchester is likely to be his last as leader.
The march was organised jointly by the Stop the War Coalition, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Muslim Association of Britain. Some protestors lay down in the road as part of a ‘mass die-in’ in reference to those who have died in the conflict in Iraq. More than a thousand police officers were deployed for the protest, although there have been no reports of trouble.