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Demonstrate against the arrest of Moazzam Begg

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Issue 2392
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A national demonstration has been called in Birmingham for Saturday to protest at the arrest of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg on suspicion of terrorism.

Since his release from Guantanamo he has campaigned for the rights of detainees and against rendition and torture.

Moazzam was one of four people detained yesterday, Tuesday. Police raided his home in Hall Green, Birmingham. They claim he is suspected of “Syria-related” charges, connected with attending a terrorism training camp and “facilitating terrorism”.

Cage, the campaigning organisation he runs, said, “Moazzam has been very open about his international travel and his objectives, including importantly exposing British complicity in rendition and torture.

“The timing of Moazzam’s arrest given his travel to Syria took place in December 2012 requires a detailed explanation. The timing coincides with the planned release of a Cage report on Syria.”

Moazzam, who was detained in Pakistan in 2002 and held by the US until 2005, was accused of being a terrorist, held in solitary at Guantanamo Bay and tortured. He was then released without charge.

Campaigning against police raids on Muslims in 2006, he told Socialist Worker, “I know what it’s like to have someone smash their way into your house and put a gun to your head. It is one step away from being shot. I felt very strongly on a personal level, but also more generally about the role of the police.”

Solidarity with Moazzam Begg, Assemble Saturday 1 March, 12 noon, outside West Midlands Police Headquarters, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway, Birmingham B4 6NQ

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