'Huge number protested peacefully' say North Herts People's Assembly after attending anti-austerity march in Manchester

PUBLISHED: 10:44 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:32 06 October 2015

People from the North Herts People's Assembly protest against government austerity cuts in Manchester. Picture: Kasia Burke

People from the North Herts People's Assembly protest against government austerity cuts in Manchester. Picture: Kasia Burke

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More than a dozen people from North Herts marched against austerity in Manchester on Sunday in a demonstration which coincided with the Conservative party conference held in the city.

Martin Burke and Frank Radcliffe from the North Herts People's Assembly march peacefully to protest against austerity measures. Picture: Kasia BurkeMartin Burke and Frank Radcliffe from the North Herts People's Assembly march peacefully to protest against austerity measures. Picture: Kasia Burke

Reports in the national media have highlighted unsavoury incidents among protestors marching against the government’s austerity programme, but North Herts Labour group leader Frank Radcliffe told the Comet that the actions of the 80,000-strong crowd was overwhelmingly peaceful and good-natured.

He said: “We don’t condone the misconduct of a few people, but what we saw was a huge number peacefully protesting against austerity cuts which harm the weakest in our society – including more than a dozen from the North Herts branch of the People’s Assembly who had made the trip to Manchester.”

Kasia Burke from Hitchin, also attended the march with her husband Martin, added: “The atmosphere on the march, and the people that were there, was all very positive.

“It’s not about angry protestors, and one isolated incident with an egg, it’s about 80,000 people – including families and workers from across the whole spectrum of society – exercising their democratic right to protest peacefully against the government’s austerity cuts.”

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