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Tower Hamlets Respect councillors oppose Crossrail

Issue No. 2079

Respect councillors in east London are calling on Tower Hamlets council to oppose the building of the Crossrail rail link through the heart of the Brick Lane area.

“We want decent public transport, but not at any cost,” said councillor Oliur Rahman.

The Tower Hamlets Respect councillors have also pledged support for the RMT rail union’s demonstration on 13 December outside City Hall against the privatisation of the East London Line.

“You only have to look at what happened to Metronet to see what the problem is with bringing privatisation into the London Underground,” said Respect councillor Rania Khan.

Councillor's windows broken a second time

Tower Hamlets Respect councillor Oliur Rahman’s windows were broken again early on Tuesday morning this week – the latest in a series of threats and attacks against him.

“I was coming home from a Respect committee meeting when an elder from a local mosque warned me that he had seen suspicious looking cars outside my house,” Oliur told Socialist Worker.

“Later that night my mum shouted out that she had heard breaking glass – my windows had been broken again.”

The incident is the latest attempt to intimidate Oliur.

He was physically attacked outside his house last month, has received threatening emails and had his windows broken once before.

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