People’s Assembly plans social justice protest on King’s Parade in Cambridge over ‘disastrous’ Covid-19 response
Social justice and anti-austerity movements Keep Our NHS Public (KONP), People’s Assembly Against Austerity and Stop The War Coalition are planning a national day of action tomorrow “to highlight the disastrous consequences of the Conservative government’s decision to hand public money to private companies in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis”.
Protests, rallies, marches and street meetings will take place: the Cambridge branches of these groups have invited protesters to meet on King’s Parade at 12.30pm. Socially distant protesters are expected to wear masks.
The long list of concerns that will be articulated at the event - at “a number of locations throughout Cambridge city centre”, say the organisers - includes:
- The “disastrous” track, trace and test operation
- The vast amounts of public money going into private companies like Serco “that are catastrophically failing us”.
- The millions of people who will lose their jobs
- Furlough ending too soon
- “Poor” school safety
- Vulnerable staff being sent back to the workplace
- Lifting of the eviction ban.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is a mass movement founded in 2013 to oppose “the government’s disastrous programme of cuts to public services”.
Stop The War is a coalition of anti-war groups established in 2001 to counter the UK and US “War on Terror”. They work to stop the UK government engaging in unjust wars and the “immoral arms trade” . In Cambridge, they have led successful campaigns to lobby the local MP, Daniel Zeichner, to vote against military interventions. Stop The War is anti-austerity, anti-racist and works to combat Islamophobia.
“We will start on King’s Parade at 12.30pm for a short performance and move to other locations,” say the organisers.