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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 December 2020
School boy assaulted by police in Tottenham - end racist policing
Tottenham protest against police racism (Click to enlarge)
Helen Pattinson, London Socialist Party
People woke up to a horrific video on Friday 11 December. It was of a 16 year old black boy in his school uniform, being assaulted by a police officer in Tottenham, north London. A protest was quickly called and grew to around 80 people.
The incident took place outside Park View school as students were gathering to pick up their exam certificates.
The demo marched to Tottenham police station, which has been the focus point of anti-racist protests over decades. There have been a number of racist deaths of black men and women in custody. Protesters asked why local Labour MP David Lammy was not attending.
The Socialist Party supported the protest with posters against racist policing. Our material called for democratic working-class control of policing, so that trade unions, young people and working-class communities have the ability to challenge racist policing, including the ability to appoint and dismiss chief constables and senior officers.
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In The Socialist 16 December 2020:
Unemployment and Covid rising - the crisis is not over - Fight for jobs and safety
Mass testing - we need trade union oversight and full pay for all
Fight for NHS pay and funding
Rich countries hoarding vaccine is danger to us all
No to Tories' new anti-protest law
Maternity unit deaths - democratic, public ownership needed
Met police investigate British mercenary war crimes against Tamils
No surprise, poverty is rising
Cancel exams for class of Covid
Welsh schools close for safety after union pressure
Effective testing and properly funded safety plan needed in schools
East London shows the way: strikes are how to fight for state education
Determined strikers at Leaways school
Openreach and EE: Massive vote for action
PCS union conference stripped of powers by NEC
Unite launch ballot over sacked London bus rep
Christmas redundancy shock at L&Q housing association
Stop 'fire and rehire' at British Gas
Can green technology and AI save capitalism?
'Socialism - Utopian and Scientific' by Engels
Reports & campaigns
Protests in solidarity with Indian farmers
Book: The national question - a Marxist approach
School boy assaulted by police in Tottenham
TUSC relaunch in the north west
Protest against immigration enforcement centre in Newham
Tremendous fighting fund reflects confidence
The Socialist 16 December 2020 |
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