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|Police thank anti-war protesters |
(about 5 hours later)
Police have praised thousands of anti-war protesters for their peaceful demonstration in Manchester ahead of the Labour Party annual conference.
|Supt John O'Hare of Gtr Manchester Police said: "I would thank the organisers and those who took part for behaving peacefully and lawfully."||Supt John O'Hare of Gtr Manchester Police said: "I would thank the organisers and those who took part for behaving peacefully and lawfully."|
|Demonstrators were protesting against government policies in the Middle East and on nuclear weapons.||Demonstrators were protesting against government policies in the Middle East and on nuclear weapons.|
The conference was opening with tight security on Sunday.
A security cordon is in place in part of the city around the G-Mex Centre and the nearby conference centre for the start of the conference.
Diversions are in place for cars and buses because of the security cordon. Traffic is likely to be disrupted until the conference ends on Thursday.
Police estimated 20,000 people took part in the "Time To Go" rally organised by the Stop The War Coalition.
Some protesters lay down in the road as part of a "die-in" to symbolise the number of casualties in Iraq.
A peace camp was set up at the nearby Peace Gardens in Manchester near the town hall earlier this week by families of serving troops.