Council pursues blanket ban on homeless protest camps in city centre

Article published: Wednesday, July 1st 2015

The third eviction attempt of the homeless protest camp was heard at Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Monday. The council sought an eviction order for the protest camps in St Ann’s Square and Castlefield and a district wide injunction banning all further homeless protest camps from the city centre.

A job worth undoing: national day of protest against workfare at B&M

Article published: Tuesday, June 30th 2015

A group of protestors held a picket outside the Chorlton branch of B&M on Saturday as part of a national day of action called by Boycott Workfare. Gathering at the entrance of the store, campaigners held banners, handed out leaflets and expressed their opposition to the company’s participation in the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) controversial workfare scheme.

Warning of deepening crisis at Housing Conference protest

Article published: Friday, June 26th 2015

Protesters gathered outside Manchester Central conference centre yesterday to express their anger at the government’s housing policy. While Tory housing minister Brandon Lewis was delivering the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), campaigners warned of the ongoing disastrous impact of the bedroom tax and the deepening homelessness crisis.

Thousands turn out to anti-austerity protest

Article published: Sunday, May 24th 2015

Around 2000 people attended a rally in Piccadilly Gardens in protest against the Conservative government and their programme of austerity yesterday. As the crowd gathered in the afternoon sun to express their opposition to another five years of cuts and privatisation, the atmosphere remained optimistic, with a range of speakers and singers leading the demonstration.

Students end occupation to join wider anti-austerity protest

Article published: Saturday, May 23rd 2015

The occupation of the University of Manchester’s Harold Hankins Building came to an end on Thursday after the students decided to leave. The protesters’ demands for free education and their fight against the marketisation of education resounded through the country in countless messages of solidarity.

Homeless camp in St. Ann’s Square after second move

Article published: Friday, May 22nd 2015

The homeless camp has been in the city centre for over a month, protesting against the dramatic rise of homelessness in Manchester and Salford. After their eviction from St Peter’s Square on Tuesday, the protesters have set up camp in St. Ann’s Square.

Anti-TTIP flash mob stops Arndale shoppers in their tracks

Article published: Thursday, April 30th 2015

Stunned shoppers at the Arndale Centre witnessed a flash mob by STOP TTIP Manchester to raise awareness of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the free trade deal currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.