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Hackney activist held for 20 hours

Issue No. 1740

Hackney activist held for 20 hours

A WELL known black trade unionist in Hackney, east London, Mitch Dublin, was held at the notorious Stoke Newington police station for 20 hours without charge last week. Mitch has been an active campaigner against council cuts and has shared platforms with local MP Diane Abbott.

He was held with his younger brother, who is a minor. Neither of them was charged. Mitch was denied water throughout most of his detention, despite repeated requests.

For long periods he was also denied access to a duty solicitor. Police officers taunted him about his trade union activities. Mitch has made a formal complaint and is to raise the case with his trade union.

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Sat 24 Mar 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1740
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