Protesters call on the end to war as second ‘global day of action’ against Ukraine invasion is held in Manchester


Crowds stood in solidarity as they echoed one clear message across Manchester this weekend…stop the war on Ukraine.

Banners waved in the air as hundreds of people gathered to listen to various speakers from the region’s ‘Stop the War’ coalition.

It was a rally held alongside others globally, in a day of action by people demonstrating against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Meeting at St Ann’s square on Sunday afternoon (March 6), it marked the second day of protests held in Manchester this weekend.

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Various speakers stood before the crowds to raise morale and spread messages of positivity. But, they also encourage those listening to continue putting pressure on the government and local councils to increase their humanitarian efforts in supporting the people of Ukraine.

Among those was Catherine Scott from Oldham – who attended the rally to show support for her friend currently living in Ukraine and for those clawing to get over the border to safety.



Crowds turned out with their own banners to show support against violence

“There is a personal element to this for me, as I have a friend in Ukraine it’s extremely scary and terrifying time,” she said.

“I’m also here to take a stand against war and call on our own government to take more action and find a diplomatic solution. Violence, weapons and the killing of thousands of people is not the answer.”

Also present were members of the International Socialist Alternative organisation. One of them, Becky Yates told the MEN that she was there to show solidarity with innocent civilians in Ukraine.

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She said: “Sadly, many of our members in Russia have been arrested for protesting and are having their voices silenced. It’s important for us to take a stand and call on nations to build solidarity across borders and around the world and make people aware of what is going on.



More than 300 protesters joined together in the city center on Sunday

“We are here to show that we are completely against violence and war in all forms. Change comes from real people who spread their message.

“We need to do more as a country and strengthen our humanitarian efforts, including by opening our borders and making it easier for people and these families to be granted asylum.”

See how people in Manchester can support those fleeing war in Ukraine here.

Carly and Natalie, two friends from Manchester, also attended the protest. They held Ukrainian flags and painted their faces in support.

They have no links to Ukraine but are said they are saddened by the ongoing war. Carly said: “We wake up and see the news and just can’t believe what’s happening. We just wanted to feel like we have done our bit and joined in to show that we are against this invasion.

“Seeing hundreds of families ripped apart it’s just wrong. We wanted to show solidarity.”

Protesters marched from St Ann’s square through the city center and down Cross Street, as police stopped traffic to aid the march. Ron Senchak spoke to crowds after the rally on behalf of the Greater Manchester Stop the War coalition.

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He was met with the applause of crowds as he thanked them for showing their unity with the people in Ukraine. He said: “Today has been an incredibly successful rally, sending out a clear message to the world.

“I am so proud to be here among so many others who want to fight for peace. The anti-war movement is the voice of the people, we are the voice of humanity and for our brothers and sisters around the world.

“We all have a duty to link arms and hands to create a peace movement around the world and link arms with those in Russia who are risking their lives and freedom to stand up against the Russian government.

“Let’s continue to stand together and never give in.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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