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Alfie’s friends kettle Scotland Yard

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2232

Around 60 supporters of Alfie Meadows protested outside Scotland Yard on Tuesday to tell Met police to end kettling and violence towards protesters.

The crowd included students, lecturers and activists who came to show their support for Alfie as he recovers from brain surgery.

Alfie’s mother Susan attended the protest. She told Socialist Worker, “I came here to support the right to protest. We shouldn’t have to protest to defend this right but now it seems we have to.

“The police are trying to make protesting a crime.

“We need an end to kettling. It makes communication between police and protesters worse and makes protests dangerous and frightening.”

Anindya Bhattacharyya is a friend of Alfie’s who helped to organise the protest.

He said, “It was a powerful demo and captured a mood. People here are rightly furious that the police nearly killed protesters and injured many more.

“Stories of the violence are starting to come out now—much like they did after the G20. Police have to stop kettling us.”

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