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by Ralph Keller
Saturday, March 4, saw the latest in a series of mass protest marches in London. While most of the recent protests were against Trump and Trumpism, Saturday’s march was an effort to defend the National Health Service (NHS). This is a public service, funded through taxation as well as National Insurance contributions from workers and employers, making health care free at the point of delivery and independent of the ability to pay.
The ‘official’ police figure of attendance was 250,000! The march set off from Russell Square and worked its way via Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square for the post-march rally. Mostly white and Asian people of all ages attended, but only a few black people, as was the case with other recent marches. Many people on the march were NHS workers and carried signs like ‘Our NHS is here to stay–resist Tory cuts and closures’, ‘Defend Migrant Workers, Save Our NHS–don’t let the racists divide us’ and ‘Fund the NHS, not private profit’. A good number of trade unions were also present, including UNISON (nurses) and BMA (doctors).
by Ralph Keller and Travis Blute
The opposition to Trump internationally has not gone away even if it is slowing for now. In London, the latest protest since he took office a month ago was an effort to stop Trump’s official state visit to Britain. Read More
MHI participants, London:
We had two protests in London, 20 and 21 January. Friday’s demonstration was a spontaneous reaction outside of the American embassy in Grosvenor Square. It was planned quickly and noisily attended on a frosty night by up to a couple of thousand people, including many on the British Left, opposed to the inauguration of the an American President who has sent shockwaves around the world as to what he plans to unleash against the democratic gains of progressive people so far. Many animated discussions took place under the piercing street lamps, punctuated with organised chants from steaming mouths.
What everyone was not prepared for was the huge response to the official “Women’s March on London” on the Saturday, as people again assembled from 12 noon: