Thursday, 15 March 2012

We are all Alfie Meadows - Drop the Charges!

International Day Against Police Brutality is on Thursday 15th March. This will fall in the NUS week of action this year, we will be using this day as a day of action to increase awareness of Alfie Meadows' case. Download materials and find out how you and your university/workplace can get involved.

We're remembering Alifie Meadows today as back in 2010 when Nick Clegg's Fib Dems were unmasked as unscrupulous and untrustworthy when it came to their education policy (before we knew how little they could also be trusted with our NHS), and on the day of the vote on tuition fees a student was nearly killed by the police in parliament square.

I was kettled in Parliament square the same evening Alfie Meadows was struck to the head with a police baton, causing a massive bleeding and needing brain surgery. It should be no surprise that Alfie has been charged whilst the police all went unpunished for their abuse of power that night.

I'll never forgive the way they treated us that night, holding young students and education workers (including members of my branch) against their will long into the cold night on Westminster bridge whilst others were rushed to hospital due to the rioting police.

It could have been any one of us: it could have been me, it could have been you. So today, we are all Alfie Meadows. Show some support, as members of Birkbeck UNISON branch did yesterday after their AGM.

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