Churches to join huge anti-cuts rally in Edinburgh

By staff writers
22 Oct 2010

Church leaders and Christian organisations are joining unions and civic groups in a major rally in Edinburgh on Saturday against public spending cuts.

Rev Ian Galloway (Church of Scotland) is one of the keynote speakers. Among the backers are the Iona Community, Church Action on Poverty, and Faith in the Community Scotland - all of whom will have statements broadcast to the crowd.

There are set to be dozens of protests across Britain over the weekend against the coalition government's cuts programme, which economists and charities have said is unfair and targets the poor unjustly in its deficit reduction proposals - which include swingeing cuts in welfare, jobs, social housing and provision for some of the most vulnerable in society.

A broad-based Coalition of Resistance (http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/) is being formed, and a demonstration in central London will also take place on 23 October.

Thousands of trade unionists, community activists, faith groups and members of general public will join the march in Edinburgh on Saturday 23 October 2010, says its organisers.

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, Grahame Smith, commented: “Given that we called this event as a launch rather than an end point for our campaign, we are both surprised and delighted by the response we are receiving - not just from our members but from wider Scottish society.

He added: “The intensity of the response will only increase when the implications of the Comprehensive Spending Review sink in over the next two days.

“You only have to look at the list of organisations attending and sending supportive messages to understand the depth of anger and growing level of support for the campaign,” said Smith.

The march gathers at 11.00am at East Market Street Edinburgh at the south side of Edinburgh Waverly Station.

It will set off at 11.30am and will travel a route along Princes Street. At approximately 12.30am the march will assemble at the Ross Bandstand in Princes Gardens. The rally will begin at some stage between 12.30 and 1pm depending on the size of the gathering, says the STUC.

STUC - www.stuc.org.uk/

* Iona Community - www.iona.org.uk/

* Church Action on Poverty - www.church-poverty.org.uk/

* Faith in the Community Scotland - www.faithincommunityscotland.org/

* Rev Ian Galloway's blog - http://churchsociety.blogspot.com/

* Coalition of Resistance - http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/

* Ekklesia updates on the cuts - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/tags/3956

Also on Ekklesia: 'Big Society comes out against the cuts' - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/13394

[Ekk/3]

Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 England & Wales License. Although the views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Ekklesia, the article may reflect Ekklesia's values. If you use Ekklesia's news briefings please consider making a donation to sponsor Ekklesia's work here.