On Saturday 25 May 2013, 14 anti-racist protesters were arrested outside the Haymarket metro station in Newcastle. The 14 were arrested shortly before the beginning of a counter demonstration against the racist English Defence League (EDL), which had been organised by a coalition of Labour Party councillors, Trade Union officials, and members of the Socialist Worker’s Party (SWP), under the banner of Newcastle Unites. Following the arrests, those held had their houses raided, and phones, computers and cameras were seized and are still being held. The 14 were released on bail until 7 August.
This defence campaign has been set up to defend those arrested. It follows the successful defence campaigns for Don ‘If it can happen to Don it can happen to anyone’ MacDonald and the HSBC3.
We urge any witness to these arrests or the situation at Haymarket prior to the arrests to get in touch and write a witness statement as soon as you can. The arrests took place around 12:40, and some of those who were arrested had been there since 10:30 and handing out fliers for the Newcastle Unites march and speaking to the public from around 11:10. If you were at Haymarket at any time between 10:30 and 13:00 we would like to hear from you – you may have seen something that would help their defence even if it doesn’t appear relevant. We also urge anyone with video footage or photographs of the arrests or the activities at Haymarket prior to the arrests to get in touch.
Funds are urgently needed to support the defence campaign, cheques should be made payable to ‘May 25 Fund’.
The campaign can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.