Support the Antifascist Prisoners
In a miscarriage of justice, reminiscent of the Ratcliffe case, six antifascist are currently being held in Wormwood Scrubs and one is on bail after being found guilty of "conspiracy to commit violent disorder". The first trial, of 11 of the 22 activists facing this absurd charge, ended on 28th June 2011 with four people being acquitted, four sentenced immediately to 21 months in jail, two others sent to prison awaiting sentencing, and the other released on bail pending sentence. A second trial of the 11 other activists is threatened to start on 12th September 2011.
The incident that led to police raids across the country and 23 arrests occured on 28th March 2009 when a number of antifascist activists travelled to Welling in south-east London to protest against a neo-Nazi "Blood and Honour" skinhead gig at the Duchess of Edinburgh Pub. No fascists have been arrested, charged or even appeared as witnesses in the court case and in the absence of any evidence to press charges for "common assault" the Police and Crown Prosecution Service spent a vast amount of time and resources to press charges which are tantamount to a thought crime and if widely applied would in effect make it illegal to protest against fascism. The use of "conspiracy" charges against large groups of activists — charging them for things that might have thought about rather than charging them for anything they have actually done is clearly being done to suit a political agenda which involves the draconian repression of progressive activists, no doubt intended as a "deterrent" to others, while at the same time real corporate criminal conspiricies are covered up and swept under the carpet. Contrast the treatment of the activists with the kid-glove treatment by the state of the Murdoch media crime family, whose melding of corporate power with the state, is reminiscent of Italy under Mussolini.
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The verdict of the Ratcliffe case in which activists were initially found guilty of "conspiring to commit aggravated trespass" was overturned on 19th July 2011 on appeal following the suppression of evidence gathered by the Police spy Mark Kennedy by the Crown Prosecution Service. It is to be hoped that the similar conviction of the antifascist activists will, in time, be also overturned, in the meantime Leeds ABC have some suggestions about what can be done to support the wrongfully imprisoned activists:
Prison addresses for the antifascists are given below. Please write to them or send them a card. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope if you would like a reply. You can also send them cash, Postal Orders (made payable to ‘The Governor’), and stationery. For advice on writing to prisoners please see the Leeds ABC website.
A solidarity fund has been set up to support the prisoners in jail and upon release. If you would like to contribute to it please send a cheque (made payable to ‘The Cable Street Society’) to Leeds ABC, 145-149 Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ. Details for bank transfers are: The Cable Street Society. Account Number: 0827/704 169 523. Sort Code: 07 00 93.
The Anarchist workers co-op Sabcat have also produced two benefit T-shirts in support of the imprisoned antifascists. Further details on the Sabcat website at www.sabcat.com.
In view of the forthcoming trial of other comrades please refrain from discussing the details of the case on this thread.
Andy Baker (21 months) A5768CE HMP Wormwood Scrubs PO Box 757 Du Cane Rd London W12 OAE
Thomas Blak (Unsentenced) A5728CE HMP Wormwood Scrubs PO Box 757 Du Cane Rd London W12 OAE
Sean Cregan (21 months) A5769CE HMP Wormwood Scrubs PO Box 757 Du Cane Rd London W12 OAE
Phil De Sousa (21 months) A5766CE HMP Wormwood Scrubs PO Box 757 Du Cane Rd London W12 OAE
Ravinder Gill (21 months) A5770CE HMP Wormwood Scrubs PO Box 757 Du Cane Rd London W12 OAE
Austen Jackson (Unsentenced) A5729CE HMP Wormwood Scrubs PO Box 757 Du Cane Rd London W12 OAE
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