SUPPORTING ALL THOSE ARRESTED ON THE STUDENT ANTI-FEES DEMONSTRATIONS
IF YOU WERE ARRESTED, OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO WAS, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH
At a meeting on February 6th, attended by 15 defendants from the student protests on November 10th, November 24th and December 9th 2010, the Student Protest Solidarity Campaign was set up to support those arrested at the student protests. It has at its heart the interests of the defendants. We aren’t under any illusions: this is a huge task and the campaign needs your support.
We realise that for many of those arrested, this is a worrying time, with legal proceedings hanging over their heads. Information can be difficult to come by, and especially those on serious charges, but for all defendants, the fear of what might happen can be overwhelming. The best way to deal with this is to meet others in the same position as yourself and stick together. The police want you to feel isolated and alone – but meeting and talking with other people facing the same pressures, and working together, can make everyone stronger.
The police are not all-powerful, they can be challenged, and even getting charged does not mean you will be convicted. Defence campaigns in the past have helped people to win in court, and helped to win support for people facing charges.
If you have any questions and / or want to get involved please email us at: studentdemodefendants[at]riseup.net
* The Legal Defence & Monitoring Group and the Green & Black Cross are committed to supporting defendants arrested on the student demonstrations through the court process, but they can only be there if they know when you are in court. So if you have a court date and want some moral and practical support – someone who has been through this before or even just a friendly face in the public gallery – please email your name and court dates to ldmgmail[at]yahoo.co.uk or call GBC Legal on: 07946 541511 and they will be there to support you!
* If you haven’t been arrested, but you are worried you MAY yet be arrested, or if your face has been publicised as somebody the police want to question, it’s probably best to stay away. BUT don’t be put off from coming if you have already been arrested: attending meetings does not breach your bail conditions.
* Important advice on the Fitwatch website here: http://www.fitwatch.org.uk/2010/12/13/students-should-not-be-panicked-by-mets-published-pictures/ AND on the inymedia site here: http://london.indymedia.org/articles/6850
* Please pass this on to anybody you know who may have been arrested and charged or on police bail, and please circulate as widely as possible, to anybody who may know of anybody arrested.
* Above all – DON’T BE AFRAID! Many people support you and are willing to help, some of us have been in this position ourselves in the past. The police are not all-powerful, they can be challenged, and even getting charged does not mean you will be convicted. Defence campaigns in the past have helped people to win in court, and helped to win support for people facing charges.