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Message to peace marchers from Babar Ahmad

Babar Ahmad is a south London IT worker, held in custody and threatened with extradition to the US to face terrorism charges. He sent this message to anti-war marchers:

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“It’s the hinge that squeaks that gets the grease,” as Malcolm X said. All over the country, and in fact all over the world, people are waking up to the horrors being perpetrated by the tyrants of power and authority.

People are realising that a pricked conscience and a few tears alone do not achieve anything, but must be accompanied by sweat if results are to be achieved. The path to freedom is a long and arduous one, which none can cross save the patient and dedicated.

I have been thrust alone into a battlefield against the most powerful country in the world with my arms tied behind my back. As if that is not enough, my own government has stabbed my tied arms deep into my back. So much for the “Land of Hope and Glory!” However, a tyrant is powerless unless the masses bend over backwards for him and allow him to perpetrate his tyranny.

The last seven months have seen the campaign for my release go from strength to strength. My family has received support from all over the country. The protest outside court at my 2 March hearing was attended by well over 200 people, despite being a daytime, weekday event. If people are prepared to sacrifice jobs and studies in support of a cause then it must be a worrying sign for the tyrants.

My case will be decided on 18 and 20 April. My family has organised another protest outside Bow Street Magistrates Court, central London on 18 April. It is with your support that I have gotten this far and it is with your support that I will reach the end of this thorny, rocky road.

Babar Ahmad MX5383
HMP Woodhill
Tattenhoe Street
Milton Keynes

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Sat 19 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1943
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