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Bolton campaigners demand justice

Issue No. 2222

One of five anti-fascists who were charged after the protest against the EDL in Bolton on 20 March stood trial this week.

A solidarity protest took place outside the court on Monday as the trial began.

The 28-year old defendant from Newcastle was found guilty of assaulting a police officer, a charge he denies.

He will be sentenced on 3 November.

There was no video evidence against the defendent. The sole witness was PC Darren Calladine who alleged the assault.

It is vital to show solidarity with those accused over the coming months.

The Justice4bolton campaign, set up to defend the accused, has been compiling overwhelming evidence of police brutality on the Bolton demonstration.

A spokesperson for Justice4bolton said, “What emerges is a picture of a determined attempt to criminalise and brutalise those who protested.

“We call on every anti-fascist and anti-racist to stand up against such oppressive tactics.

“We must make clear that opposing fascism and racism is not a crime.”

Justice4bolton is asking for solidarity protests on each trial day—on 11 and 20 October. and 4 November. Dates to be confirmed for December. Go to www.justice4bolton.org


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