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Police quizzed in student protest case

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2298

The trial of Alfie Meadows and four other student protesters has continued at Kingston Crown Court.

The students are accused of violent disorder on a protest against tuition fees on 9 December 2010.

On Tuesday of last week Michael Mansfield QC, representing Alfie, concluded his cross-examination of Michael Johnson, Metropolitan Police silver commander on the day. It covered issues of containment put in place by the police on the day, including in Parliament Square and on Westminster Bridge.

The court heard students were held in temperatures of minus 4 degrees. Johnson said that there was “more than enough space” for people to move around on the bridge.

On Wednesday of last week two defendants gave their evidence. One was cross-examined. The other was to conclude his evidence and be cross-examined on Tuesday of this week when the court returned from its Easter break.

Alfie Meadows was set to give evidence on Tuesday as Socialist Worker went to press.

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Tue 10 Apr 2012, 18:20 BST
Issue No. 2298
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