Militant actions by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and Boycott Workfare were the high points at yesterday’s TUC march which otherwise was depressingly reminiscent of the ever decreasing returns which demolished the antiwar movement at the start of the century.
Union leaders have repeatedly threatened campaigns of direct action or civil disobedience aimed at austerity which have never materialised. Yesterday hundreds of people decided to ignore their speeches in Hyde Park and take part in the mass shut down of workfare exploiters on Oxford Street or join DPAC in blockading Park Lane.
The Radical Workers bloc, called by Solidarity Federation, which joined the unofficial feeder march from South London, was well attended and spirited. Determined and disciplined fitwatching along the route of the march ensured that police intelligence gathering was kept to a minimum.
On arrival at Trafalgar Square a large portion of the march outwitted the heavy police…
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