Defend the Right to Protest

STAND UP FOR PROTESTORS
PUBLIC FORUM, TUES 11 OCT, 7pm, ULU, MALET STREET

Facebook event

The Education Activist Network has supported the Defend the Right to Protest campaign. This campaign should be of considerable interest to every student, every trade unionist and every one who works and studies in Post-16 education.

We encourage everyone in London to consider publicising the public forum in Central London this coming Tuesday
http://defendtherighttoprotest.org/stand-up-for-protesters-public-forum/586/

There will be a special meeting for UCU members and all college and university staff after the forum:
http://defendtherighttoprotest.org/lecturers-defend-your-students/584/

Full details of the meeting are below.

STAND UP FOR PROTESTORS
PUBLIC FORUM, TUES 11 OCT, 7pm, ULU, MALET STREET

Launch of Autumn Campaign to defend protesters with short introductions
from key campaigns, discussion and organising. Spread the word. Bring
ideas for the campaign.

Nina Power – DTRTP & Justice for Alfie Meadows
Joe Sellers –Free Frank Fernie Campaign
Liam Burns –NUS President
Jody McIntyre – victim of police brutality
Fortnum & Masons occupier
Mark Campbell UCU NEC
Louise Christian & Mike Schwartz – campaigning lawyers
Jonnie Marbles – imprisoned for throwing a pie at Murdoch
Zita Holbourne PCS/ BARAC
Sara Tomlinson Brixton Defence Campaign/Stop Kettling Our Kids

Over the coming months many students who were arrested last year will be
going to court charged with serious offences for their part in
demonstrating against £9000 fees and the scrapping of EMA. These include
Alfie Meadows who was injured so badly by police that he had to undergo
three hours of brain surgery to save his life –he is now charged with
violent disorder.

UK UNCUT activists who took part in the peaceful occupation of Fortnum
and Masons during the TUC March for the Alternative will also see their
trial for “aggravated trespass” begin on 9 November.

So far, harsh sentences have been handed down to anti-cuts protesters.
These include Frank Fernie, a 20 year old student with no previous
convictions, who is now serving a year in prison instead of beginning
his studies at Sheffield University.

This meeting will be critical in launching an autumn campaign to defend
arrested protesters and organise against attacks on our right to protest
at a time when students, trade unionists and others are preparing for a
new round of strikes and demonstrations against the cuts.

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