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Hunger Marchers

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This photograph was taken during the Hunger Marches of the early 1930s, when Britain was strained by economic crisis, social unrest, the spread of fascism and the long shadow of international conflict.

The policing of the hunger marchers was the catalyst for Liberty’s founding when, in 1932, the organisers of the National Hunger March attempted to deliver to Parliament a petition of one million signatures in protest against legislation that had plunged thousands into extreme poverty. One hundred thousand people gathered in Hyde Park to meet the marchers, who had walked for three weeks from Glasgow. Among them was Liberty’s founder Ronald Kidd.

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Published in Photoworks, Issue 16, 2011

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