Thousands of people including politicians, trade unionists and faith group members turned out for marches against government cuts in Glasgow and Aberdeen on Saturday.
The People First rally went from Glasgow Green to Kelvingrove Park, where speeches were made including one from veteran politician and campaigner Tony Benn.
A range of fringe events were then held in places of worship, student unions and hotels in the area.
In Aberdeen, around 1000 protestors took to the streets to oppose planned cuts to the public sector.
Organised by teaching union the EIS, the march called for governments at Westminster and Holyrood to spare public service posts from the axe.
Speaking in Glasgow, Grahame Smith, general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, said: "We have been joined by thousands of people from all over Scotland and from its diverse communities for the People First demonstration today.
"First and foremost this sends a clear message to the coalition Government and Tory Party conference that we need a Plan B now to avoid recession, rising poverty and damaging cuts in services."
The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said hundreds of its members and activists had joined the Glasgow march.
Lynn Henderson, PCS Scottish secretary, said: "We are facing attacks on our jobs, our pay and our pensions as well as savage cuts across the public sector.
"These cuts and the failure to invest in the public sector don't just impact on members and their families but on the public services they deliver, the people who rely on those services and the communities we all live and work in."
Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Green Party, spoke at the People First rally.
He said: "Over the last year, we've seen Conservative and Lib Dem politicians cutting ever deeper into public services, and the SNP largely handing the cuts straight on to Scottish services and public sector workers."
He added: "We must come together in Glasgow this weekend and show the coalition that a united and determined movement is mounting a powerful campaign against this attack on Scotland's jobs and services."
Labour leader Iain Gray MSP and Glasgow Kelvin SNP MSP Sandra White also attended the Glasgow march.