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Support Kill The Bill demonstrators and legal defence

Defend resistance to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

The people arrested following recent demonstrations in Bristol against the much opposed Police Bill need our support.

We know the state will want to make examples of them.

As a grassroots voluntary group that has been supporting arrestees for over a decade, we have seen up close the damage a trial can do, regardless of the outcome. Particularly to people who have less privilege than those judging them.

We know that when the police are violent to protesters, they are determined to justify and excuse their actions through prosecuting those that witnessed and resisted their violence. This week in Bristol has shown the violence the police are capable of on the ground once they are emboldened by political support, after dark on Tuesday and again on Friday. The full scale of injuries sustained by protesters will continue to emerge, while the police have retracted their widely publicised claim that two officers sustained broken bones on Sunday.

Aspects of the protest on Sunday 21st March received immediate local, national, and international media coverage and political responses. The Mayor of Bristol has proclaimed everyone was “intent” on confrontation from the start. The police have branded demonstrators “a mob of animals”. Meanwhile some people have rushed to express “complete confidence in the approach taken by Avon & Somerset Police” – while the work of groups such as Bristol Copwatch shows that the approach taken by Avon & Somerset Police is racist and disproportionate year-round.

The heavy bias of reporting, depicting protesters as the initiators of violence, rather than the victims of violence, makes it unlikely that anyone accused of attending the protest on Sunday 21st March will get a fair trial. While even the most blatant sex-offenders are named “allegedly” until proven guilty, those arrested have had no such treatment. It is unrealistic to expect a jury will have missed these very public comments. It will influence the judgement in any trial.

History shows us that fundamental social change requires a diversity of tactics. We believe that no one taking part in moments of resistance should face the system alone. If you do too, please donate.

With cuts to legal aid, those in full time work will need support with lawyers’ fees. For those without that security, the trial risks limiting their capacity to find work.

We are aiming to raise £15,000 for people arrested following Bristol demonstrations against the government’s new legislation.
Depending on need, and in this priority order, we will use this fund to support those arrested in connection with the Kill the Bill protests by:

Supplying money for legal fees not covered by legal aid.
Paying any travel costs to court.
Covering loss of earnings sustained as a result of attending court.
Supporting legal cases made against the police.
Helping pay rent to ensure defendants can return to their homes after any custodial sentences.

Our crowdfunder is now live:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/killthebill-bristol-legal-support-in-the-streets?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

In the unlikely event of there being any money left over from this, it will be held by Bristol Defendant Solidarity to support people in a similar way in the future. Solidarity is our best defence.

In solidarity, BDS

Support Rojava, fight repression!

Solidarity with Sam and Paul Newey, who are facing “terrorism” charges for their support for Dan Newey (Paul’s son, Sam’s brother), a YPG volunteer. The YPG – People’s Protection Unit – is an antifascist organisation that along with the YPJ (Women’s Protection Unit) has defended the people of Mesopotamia from the genocidal Daesh (ISIS) and defended the revolution in the autonomous region of Rojava, northern Syria.

Another YPG volunteer, Dan Burke, is currently in prison on remand, also facing terrorism charges.

This prosecution, and the criminalisation of people who have been to support the revolution in Rojava or volunteered with the YPG/YPJ, is part of a broader repression strategy by the British state against those who are actively working towards creating a better world. The resistance to fascism, patriarchy and capitalism has growing support around the world – we won’t be intimidated by state repression and we won’t give up!

Welcome to the police state

Here’s links to reports and monitoring of how the police are predictably using their new powers with aggressive enthusiasm. No surprise that they have been targetting the most vulnerable and marginalised first. In times like these it’s crucial to follow and support these counter information blogs and news sites. There’s no need for conspiracy theories. It is very obvious, and there are so many historical precedents of how the state and capitalism exploit crises for their own benefit and to extend and strengthen their power and control. Find and make your own critical analysis and sources of information outside of the government and corporate media spin currently cheerleading for the clampdown.

https://policing-the-corona-state.blog

https://www.thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2020/03/27/police-and-security-firm-evict-people-onto-the-streets-in-the-midst-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic/