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Union members shocked at arrest of fellow worker

Issue No. 2004

Mohammed Abdul Kahar, who was shot by police in the raid, is a postal worker in the distribution section at the Whitechapel office.

A CWU postal workers’ union member told Socialist Worker, “Whitechapel is quite a mixed office – Bengali, white, African-Caribbean and others. When we heard our mate had been arrested we were shocked and surprised.

“We simply did not believe he could be involved in such a terrorist plot. He had always got on with other people and was very proud of working for the Royal Mail.

“Many of us want to stand firmly with Mohammed Abdul Kahar, demand justice for him and protest at the way he has been treated.

“As the press came out with more propaganda, and the search of the house went on and on, some people began to ask when there would be a proper search of our office.

“There had been a brief search over the weekend, but not a proper one.

“This building has had a lot of the work taken out of it, so there are several very large empty floors.

“It’s understandable that people asked why there was such a careful search in Forest Gate, but hardly anything here.

“There has been talk of a work stoppage.

“I think the union has to stand up for all its members.

“We should demand a thorough search of the Whitehcapel office, but also bring the full weight of the union to bear against the way the police have acted.

“It is good that our friend has a well-organised union around him. We should show that the union movement will not tolerate the rights of its members being discarded.

“This is the time when the union must speak out and protect our rights.”

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