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Campaigners step up fight to gain justice for Ian Tomlinson

Issue No. 2147

Protesters march through London last Saturday to demand justice for Ian Tomlinson  (Pic:» Angela Stapleford )

Protesters march through London last Saturday to demand justice for Ian Tomlinson (Pic: » Angela Stapleford)

Over 500 people marched last Saturday from Bethnal Green police station to the spot in the City of London where Ian Tomlinson died.

Local people joined the march as it passed through east London.

The demonstration was diverse and determined.

Paul King, Ian Tomlinson’s son, read a short statement thanking people for their support.

Many of those on the protest had also been on the G20 demonstrations on the day that Ian died.

Vincent had been “kettled” by the police that day.

He told Socialist Worker, “I was shocked by the police tactics. They were vicious towards people who offered no threat to them.”

Samantha Rigg, whose brother Sean died in police custody in Brixton police station seven months ago, was on the march with other members of her family.

She told Socialist Worker, “I hope Ian’s family gets justice.

“All these deaths are linked, but the IPCC is biased towards the police.

“It feels like we’re fighting all the institutions, the government, the police and the courts.”

The march was the start of a campaign to demand justice for Ian Tomlinson and for the right to protest without intimidation.

Campaigners were set to meet on Wednesday of this week to form a campaign group and plan further activities.

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