Thursday, 6 August 2009

Solidarity with Ibrahim Avcil: defend the right to protest

Yesterday's protest outside Stoke Newington Police Station saw around 30 people gather to support Ibrahim Avcil, chair of Refugee Workers' Cultural Association (GIK-DER) and Stop the War activist.

Ibrahim has been charged with common assault and with threatening words and behaviour and will appear before Bow Magistrates Court on Thursday 13 August. These charges are connected to the protests that Hackney Stop the War has been holding to get the Army Showroom in Kingsland Shopping Centre closed down. They are designed to try and gag protest, as is shown by Ibrahim's outrageous bail conditions: he is not allowed within 30 metres of the Shopping Centre entrance.

Hackney Stop the War is asking its supporters to show their solidarity with Ibrahim by assembling at 9am on Thursday 13 August, at Bow Magistrates Court, 58 Bow Road, E3 4DJ. This is very near Bow Road tube station and on the 425 bus route.

Gareth Jenkins
Sec. Hackney Stop The War

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