Thousands march in library protest

Written by on April 9, 2016 in Council, Libraries, News, Uncategorized - 4 Comments
Head of the march

Head of the march

Thousands of supporters of the Defend The Ten Lambeth libraries campaign rallied in Windrush Square today (9 April) after marching there from the Carnegie library in Herne Hill via the Minet library in Myatt’s Fields.

Both are closed in preparation for their conversion into “healthy living centres” to be run by Lambeth council’s leisure provider, GLL.

Local campaigners were joined by library supporters from Barnet, Liverpool and elsewhere and by doctors from King’s College hospital who are campaigning against a new contract being imposed on them by government.

Organisers put the number of protesters at 2,000, making one of the largest in Brixton for some time. The figure was even more impressive with a “Cameron must resign” protest in central London going on at the same time.

Speeches outside the Carnegie

Speeches outside the Carnegie

Waiting to set off

Waiting to set off

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Blowing someone else's horn

Blowing someone else’s horn

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Support from Barnet

Support from Barnet …

… and from doctors from King's

… and from doctors from King’s

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Support from local residents

Support from local residents

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Discussing the route

Discussing the route

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Musical welcome at the Minet

Musical welcome at the Minet

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Police clear the way into Brixton

Police clear the way into Brixton

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Sit-down in the centre of Brixton

Sit-down in the centre of Brixton

Lots of people looking on

Lots of people looking on

Hospital doctor Chris addresses the marchers in Windrush Square

Hospital doctor Chris addresses the marchers in Windrush Square

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About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

4 Comments on "Thousands march in library protest"

  1. Richard April 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm ·

    What happened to the comment that was on here earlier?

    • Alan Slingsby April 10, 2016 at 1:11 pm ·

      It was spam. Link was to a US advertising site.

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