Over 200 people came to a Defend the Right to Protest public forum on Monday of this week. The London meeting was organised to raise solidarity for imprisoned student protesters.
The case of student Alfie Meadows is a particular focus. Alfie almost died on 9 December 2010. He was hit on the head with a baton and had to have emergency brain surgery. Police have accused Alfie of violent disorder and he faces trial on 26 March.
Maggie Mitchell is the mother of imprisoned student protester Zenon Mitchell‑Kotsakis. She told the meeting, “Zenon will soon be home, but the fight for justice will continue.”
The meeting also heard from Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg who died in police custody in 2008, and lawyer Imran Khan. They were joined by NUS president Liam Burns and other campaigners.
Support Alfie Meadows—protest outside court on the first day of his trial on 26 March, 9am, 6-8 Penrhyn Rd, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 2BB. For more go to www.defendtherighttoprotest.org