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Support young people charged over anti-fees protests

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2267

Dozens of students face trial after last year’s anti‑tuition fee protests on charges that include violent disorder, assaulting police officers and criminal damage.

Many are pleading not guilty


Police have left these young people on bail for months, hoping that the political heat would fade from the question of education funding.

This contrasts with their tactics over cases relating to the recent riots.

It makes it all the more important for the movement against the attacks on education, government cuts and state repression to show its strength as these people face the courts.

Bryan Simpson, who is charged with violent disorder, will appear with others arrested on the demonstrations at West London Crown Court on 14 September.

Other students facing trial include Alfie Meadows, who required brain surgery after allegedly being hit by truncheon on the demonstration on 9 December. Police are accusing Alfie of violent disorder, a charge he strongly denies.

Solidarity pickets are being organised to show support for the defendants, and to show that there is still opposition to the cuts and tuition fees.

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Tue 30 Aug 2011, 17:11 BST
Issue No. 2267
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