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Somali community demands justice for Nuur Saeed

Issue No. 1987

The demonstration in Plumstead, south London, last Saturday (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The demonstration in Plumstead, south London, last Saturday (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Some 600 people took to the streets of Plumstead last weekend to protest over the death of Nuur Saeed. He died on 24 January from injuries sustained following a police raid on a flat in south east London.

The Somali community in the Woolwich area of London is in deep shock after Nuur’s death – but they are also angry. On the protest at Plumstead police station they chanted “Justice for Nuur” and “Our reality – police brutality”

Asad Hussain of the Justice for Nuur campaign said, “Nuur was a normal boy. How could such a tragedy happen? We need to know what took place.”

The community in Woolwich is convinced that local police are out of control. Young Somalis say police openly boast they are out for “revenge” for the shooting of WPC Sharon Beshenivsky in Bradford, allegedly by two Somali men.

Hassan, a young Somali man, pointed at a policeman and said, “They are racist. They think we’re like the dirt on their shoes – but we’ve had enough.”

Supporters of the local Respect branch were present on the demonstration showing their support. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is conducting an investigation into the death.

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Sat 11 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1987
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