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G20 protests: jury rejects police case against activist

Issue No. 2206

A jury cleared a G20 demonstrator of violent disorder on Friday of last week. The right wing media had painted Harvie Brown as the “ringleader” of anti-police violence.

They showed pictures of him with a serious head injury and turned him into a symbol for

the violence on the protests in London in April last year. But the reality of what happened was quite different.

His defence representative, Rhona Friedman, said, “Footage and photographs show that Mr Brown was repeatedly struck by police officers without resorting to violent retaliation.

“Members of the jury were seen to flinch at footage of police officers deploying baton strikes against people in the crowd.”

At the protests he was caught on the police front line as they attacked the demonstration and “kettled” thousands of protesters.

The jury concluded that he was not guilty in 30 minutes, saving him from a possible sentence of up to five years.

The G20 protests in April last year saw a huge outpouring of anger against the economic crisis, and at bankers who had gambled away millions of jobs and lives. Ian Tomlinson, a newspaper seller, died after being shoved to the ground by police at the protests.

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Tue 15 Jun 2010, 18:43 BST
Issue No. 2206
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