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Join the protest for Babar Ahmad

Supporters of Babar Ahmad, the south London IT worker facing extradition to the US on bogus terrorism charges, have called a demonstration to coincide with the judge’s final verdict in his trial on Tuesday of next week.

“If Babar is released that day he could walk out to his awaiting supporters,” says Mrs Ahmad, Babar’s wife. “If the judge agrees to the extradition, the world will see that the people will not allow Babar to be sent to the US that easily.”

Babar stood as a candidate in the general election from his jail cell to highlight his case. He polled 685 votes in Brent North, just under 2 percent.

Meanwhile, Babar has been moved back to Woodhill prison. Supporters can write to him at Babar Ahmad MX5383, HMP Woodhill, Tattenhoe Street, Milton Keynes MK4 4DA.

Demonstrate outside Bow Street magistrates court, 10am on Tuesday 17 May. For more information go to

Demonstrate to free Palestine

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has organised a demonstration in support of the Palestinian struggle for justice, in central London next Saturday.

The Free Palestine demonstration assembles at 1pm, Saturday 21 May, outside Embankment tube station.

It marches to Trafalgar Square to hear speeches from, among others, Sharif Omar, the regional coordinator for Qalqilya Stop the Wall Campaign, and Amneh Badran, from the Jerusalem Centre for Women.

Don’t miss Marxism 2005

The Marxism 2005 event, taking place from 7-11 July in central London, looks set to be an unmissable occasion for every activist and campaigner.

Speakers will include justice campaigner Winston Silcott, playwright Harold Pinter, writer Gillian Slovo, novelist China Mieville, scientist Steven Rose, Iraqi writer Haifa Zangana, radical economist Samir Amin, historian Moshe Lewin and many others.

Debates and discussion will consider the left after the election, oppression and resistance in Africa, the struggle for women’s liberation, Latin America and other subjects.

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Sat 14 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1951
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