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Defend Bryan Simpson—student who faces jail

Issue No. 2249

Activists are rallying around Bryan Simpson, a Glasgow student arrested last year after protesting against the government’s raising of tuition fees.

Police raided Bryan’s house in November after he joined the occupation of Tory HQ at Millbank Tower in London. They then arrested him under suspicion of having committed “violent disorder”.

He strongly denies accusations that he harmed, threatened or endangered anyone.

Bryan expects to find out whether he will be charged with violent disorder—a crime which can carry a five-year prison sentence—on Thursday 12 May.

Supporters are organising a rally this Friday to defend Bryan.

Speakers are set to include the union general secretaries Len McCluskey of Unite and Billy Hayes of the CWU.

George Galloway, who is standing for election to the Scottish parliament, journalist Laurie Penny and Mark Bergfeld of the NUS national executive committee are also due to speak.

Rally to defend the right to protest Friday 29 April, 6pm. Strathyclyde university student union, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH

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Tue 26 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2249
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