Fighting for justice
"THESE PEOPLE know nothing about justice! They are racist to the core and the rot goes all the way to the top, and it's got to stop!" Those were the words of Delroy Lindo telling his story of being arrested 37 times, as he joined a 100-strong march from Tottenham police station to Wood Green in north London. Each campaign on the march could stop at a place where loved ones had been killed at the hands of the police or harassed.
Roger Sylvester's father told us, "Roger is not alone. Over 1,000 people have died in custody. We must speak out. If it is me today, tomorrow it could be you. We will never rest until the eight officers who killed Roger are brought to justice."
Another mother spoke about how her child had been arrested and thrown into a cell after identifying some people who had been involved in racist attack on her schoolmates. Amazingly the police let the attackers go and arrested the children. All these campaigns are now taking their demands into the local trade unions, which were well represented on the march.
- WEYMAN BENNETT
WE WERE invited to a meeting of Kurdish socialists held recently in Longsight, Manchester. At the gathering the audience heard descriptions of the conditions for socialists in Iraqi Kurdistan. Around 20 Kurds living in north west England were there.
The meeting backed the demonstration in support of the Palestinian uprising. Others spoke against the bombing and sanctions imposed on Iraq, and in support of the Manchester demonstration for asylum seekers on 31 March. The Kurdish socialists were also interested in helping the Socialist Alliance oppose New Labour at the ballot box.
- MIKE KILLIAN and SAIRA WEINER