Sister Diana CHN writes about a planned protest in Manchester City Centre
There had been press reports about spikes installed by Selfridges in Manchester on a ledge at the side of their store in Manchester (only a few yards away from the Cathedral) to prevent the homeless – and anyone else for that matter – sitting down there. A lot of people had said how outraged they felt about it. An on-line petition was launched, attracted thousands of signatures and received coverage on national television.
A group of clergy and others wished to make our opposition to this known in a clear but peaceful non-confrontational way. So a letter was sent to Selfridges expressing our concerns and a Sit Down was organised for Thursday 26 Feb at 1.15 pm.
As Sr Jean and I made our way to the rendez-vous point outside the Cathedral we stopped to talk to Chris (Big Issue seller) and bought his last-but-one copy. He was very excited – not only was he selling the Big Issue but he also featured in it – complaining about the spikes and about how badly he is treated by Selfridges, even though his appointed pitch is outside their store. ! But the chief cause of his excitement was that the spikes had been removed.
So, instead of Sitting Down, we went into Selfridges to deliver a letter thanking the management for acting so quickly and removing the spikes. We then went to Sit Down in triumph in ProperTea (Cathedral Café) for a cup of tea!
(Click here for the Manchester Evening News report on this)