The march was led by a samba band followed by the No Borders, No Nations, No Deportations banner. We made our way up Castle Boulevard, onto Maid Marian Way and then down Friar Lane. We only skirted Slab Square, but stopped briefly so that onlookers could appreciate the samba band. When we started again we went up Long Row West then right onto Mount Street before going back down Maid Marian Way and returning to the Brewhouse Yard past the castle.
While it's difficult to estimate numbers at these sorts of things there were certainly hundreds of people. Banners were present from refugee solidarity groups, the Stop the War Coalition (who were one of the loudest contingents), Unison, NUT and other campaigns.
Once back in at the rallying point, marchers were addressed by speakers talking about Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the occupation of Iraq, the rise of the BNP, the PCS strike last week and ID cards. There was also music by bands from Zimbabwe, Kurdistan and even Birmingham.