MANCHESTER (AFP) - An estimated 35,000 people turned out in Manchester to demonstrate against budget cuts at the governing Conservative Party's annual conference, which opened Sunday. The march was organised by the Trades Union Congress, which billed it as a rally for "the alternative - jobs, growth, justice". "The TUC is organising a march and rally to show opposition to the coalition government's disastrous policies of pay freezes, cuts and attacks on public services that are producing rising unemployment, cuts in living standards and stagnation," it said. Mainstream public sector workers were taking part, along with left-wing activists. Demonstrators carried placards reading: "Unite and fight".