Sheffield City Centre is expected to be turned into a virtual police state between 11th and 13th March as the Liberal Democrats converge on the City for their annual spring conference. The Sheffield Telegraph reports that there will be a six foot security fence and the Sheffield Star has reported that there will be 1,000 police officers defending the conference with plans to use riot gear and kettling if necessary, at a cost of £2 million. The official conference webpage links to the agenda and papers and delegates information.
The police have told the media that they are expecting between 2,500 and 3,000 protestors but the number could be much bigger. Sheffield ConDem Resistance have produced a flyer for the weekend. On Saturday 12th March a protest has been organised by the SWP's Right to Work campaign with the support of the Sheffield Anti Cuts Alliance with agreement with the Police — assemble 11am on Devonshire Green.
On Friday 4th March at noon there will be a anti-cuts protest outside the Town Hall, called by UNISON — this is the day on which the council budget is to be formally set.
For past coverage of the protests against the Liberal Democrat / Conservative cuts see the Sheffield Public Sector Cuts archive.