As reported in the Westcountry Mutineer, a Bristol man has been found guilty of multiple counts of assaulting a policeman during last July’s massive anti E.D.L. protest. One of thousands of locals and antifascists who successfully defended their multicultural community from 300 racists under the protection of the police, our comrade has been left to foot a bill of over £1,000.
Anyone who’s been in court will be aware that facts don’t feature prominently in the judicial process; the ‘assaulted’ officer admitted that he couldn’t be sure the accused was responsible, then alleged that he ‘punched his hat off’. Duty solicitors failed to submit photographs (featured in Vice magazine) clearly showing Mr Plod wearing his hat throughout the proceedings.
A district judge who sat in on the magistrates’ hearing disallowed testimony from two witnesses purely on the grounds of their membership of the Anarchist Federation. Whilst two cops contradicted themselves and each other the judge concerned himself with criticising the lifestyle and politics of the defendant.
Various groups are having a whip-round to pay his fine. If you, your group, or your union branch could donate – no matter how much – please send a cheque made out to Anarchist Federation, to:
Bristol Afed, c/o Kebele Community Co-op, 14 Robertson Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6JY.