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Anti-fascist activist arrested

Issue No. 2196

Tom Sinden was arrested on the eve of the UAF protest against the EDL for allegedly spray painting anti Nazi slogans in Dudley town centre.

Tom spent months building the demonstration against the EDL—arranging leafleting at colleges across the region and winning other students to joining the protest.

Officers held 16 year old Tom overnight in a police station. They took swabs, fingerprints and photographs, and went to his house and removed UAF leaflets, the placard he had kept from the protest against the BNP annual event in Codnor and an SWP membership form.

His bail conditions state that he is not allowed anywhere in Dudley for eight weeks.

He is not allowed to attend UAF meetings or associate with anyone in UAF—which is a big problem, as his mother is a UAF member.

Hundreds of NUT members signed a petition supporting Tom at this week’s conference.

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