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Defend Rotherham 12 campaign launched

by Phil Turner
Issue No. 2491

On the march in rotherham

The protest in Rotherham last year (Pic: Socialist Worker)


A defence campaign is being launched in Rotherham to support a group of 12 Asian men facing trial later this year.

They are charged with violent disorder following a march by the Nazi Britain First last September.

The public launch of the “Defend the Rotherham 12” campaign will take place in the town on Saturday 27 February.

Speakers will include civil rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC, Imran Khan, the solicitor for the Stephen Lawrence family, and Muhbeen Hussain of the Rotherham-based British Muslim Youth.

On 5 September last year more than 400 people joined a counter-demonstration called by Rotherham Unite Against Fascism, which massively outnumbered Britain First.

A report of an inquiry into police tactics on the day ordered by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner is expected to be published soon.

Campaigners are calling for the charges to be dropped and have adopted the slogan, “Self Defence is No Offence”.

 


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Tue 16 Feb 2016, 16:07 GMT
Issue No. 2491
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