ALMOST 200 people crowded into Birkby community centre in Huddersfield last week to build a campaign over the acquittal by an all white jury in Bradford of a man who killed restaurant owner Mohammed Asghar.
The whole community, black and white, in Marsh and Birkby, where Mohammed lived, is bewildered by the verdict. Jonathan Fairbank had admitted carrying a knife to the restaurant and stabbing Mohammed to death, but his self defence plea was accepted on the grounds that Mohammed had a bottle in his hand.
The meeting was inspired by the courage of Mohammed's widow. Other speakers included the imam of the local mosque, two Labour councillors, two prospective parliamentary candidates for the Socialist Alliance, and Ashok Viswanathan from the National Assembly Against Racism.
- ROGER KEELY
OVER 70 people turned out to a meeting organised by the Socialist Alliance to talk about the murder of Shiblu Rahman in east London.
The audience heard the parliamentary candidates of the Socialist Alliance and the Green Party, a local Bangladeshi Labour councillor and the Anti Nazi League oppose the racist climate in Britain whipped up by politicians. The Rahman family campaign will be organising another lobby out side the Old Bailey on 6 June.
- HUSSAIN ISMAIL