Manchester will see three protests this weekend, drawing in campaigners from around Greater Manchester and Salford.
The demos kick off tonight, April 13th at 5:30pm, with a kind of emergency rally against any UK military action in Syria. Titled 'Don't Bomb Syria: Manchester says no to government warmongering', it's organised by Greater Manchester Stop The War Coalition, and supported by Greater Manchester CND and Manchester Trades Union Council...
"Any strike on Syria by the US, the UK, France and other accomplices could lead to a direct confrontation with Russia" state the organisers "And this in turn could easily become a conflict fought with nuclear weapons. Is this what the government wants?
"Theresa May should not be risking the lives of millions of British people just to satisfy the interests of the US's rush to war" they explain "The people of Manchester marched in their thousands in opposition to the invasion of Iraq fifteen years ago. It is time their voice was heard again."
Greater Manchester Stop the War Coalition convenor Penny Hicks adds: "We will demonstrate and we will keep demonstrating until we have a government committed to peace and prosperity, not war and austerity..."
For more details on the rally see the Facebook event page – click here
Tomorrow, Saturday 14th April at noon, also in Piccadilly Gardens, is a rally and a march at 1pm, called by the Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other groups to 'Protest Israel's massacres in Gaza! Stop Arming Israel!'...
"31 Palestinian protesters have been murdered and 1000s shot and injured since the Great Return March began on 31st March - and still they go out, unarmed to face the Israeli snipers, jeeps, drones and tanks shooting them at the Gaza border" state the organisers "The least we can do is stand with them.
"Palestinians have been mobilising for the Great Return March to protest the ongoing occupation and siege of Gaza and despite Israel's brutal massacre, they have remained resilient and determined to protest their oppressors and plan to march every Friday until 15th May 2018, which marks 70 years since the Al-Nakba - the ethnic cleansing of Palestine" they add
"We will keep marching in Manchester and continue to oppose all UK companies and organisations complicit in Israel's massacres of Palestinians" they state "We will stand against those investing in Israeli Arms companies whose profits increase the more bombs are dropped and the more protesters they kill."
For more details on this march and rally see the Facebook event page – click here
And, finally, on Sunday 15th April, from 4pm at Piccadilly Gardens, there's the now annual Manchester's March for the Homeless, organised by Party Protest Manchester, which promises 'a full day of fun and protest', with DJs and sound systems.
To link with the other two rallies there's going to be speakers on Syria and Gaza at the start of the demo, with the march expecting to set off at 4:20pm and ending back at Piccadilly Gardens for a party.
For details on this rally and march see the Facebook event page – click here