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Left list election candidate held at Heathrow

Issue No. 2095

Oliur Rahman (right) with an Egyptian peasant activist at the Cairo conference

Oliur Rahman (right) with an Egyptian peasant activist at the Cairo conference


Tower Hamlets councillor Oliur Rahman, a Left List candidate in the 1 May London Assembly elections, was detained at Heathrow airport under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

He was questioned about why he attended the Sixth Cairo international anti-war conference, held in Egypt last week.

The Cairo Conference has been a central rallying point for anti-war activists and a focus of opposition to the repressive Egyptian regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

It appears that while Oliur can travel to a political conference in a dictatorship to meet other peace activists, he cannot come through Heathrow without being held and harassed by Gordon Brown’s secret police.

He has now been released. More news to follow.


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