Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 17 February 2021

Remembering Mohamud Hassan - continuing the fight against police brutality

Protesting in Cardiff  following the death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan, photo by Cardiff SP

Protesting in Cardiff following the death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan, photo by Cardiff SP   (Click to enlarge)

Louise Smith, Cardiff East Socialist Party

On a freezing-cold Tuesday evening in February, over 100 people gathered outside Cardiff Bay police station. They were there to show solidarity with the friends and family of Mohamud Mohamed Hassan, who are demanding a thorough investigation into his death after being released from police custody last month.

Mohamud was released without charge, his family report that "he had lots of wounds and bruises on his body". He said to friends after leaving custody that "the police beat the shit out of me." South Wales police have recently admitted that he came into contact with 52 individual police officers during his arrest and custody. Already, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been forced to serve a misconduct notice against one police officer who ignored Mohamud Hassan's pleas for help while in custody. How can the arrest and overnight custody of one person warrant such excessive attention?

Standing up to injustice

Stood in front of the officers stationed to guard the entrance to the station, Bianca Ali, coordinator of Black Lives Matter Cardiff and Vale, said: "We've got to make sure Mohamud isn't forgotten. He was a father-to-be, a loved son, a man, a person. And these people behind me took him from us."

Her words reminded us in the crowd that it is essential that ordinary people stand up for each other in the face of injustice at the hands of the capitalist establishment and their right hand, the police.

Socialist Party member Ross Saunders reported to the gathering that Cardiff Trades Council, to which thousands of workers are affiliated through their union branches, voted to back the campaign - demanding the suspension of the officers involved and the release of the footage. The trades council also agreed, in order to drastically change the system that allowed this to happen in the first place, to demand the establishment of democratic community control of the police. This motion will now go to the Wales Trades Union Congress to which hundreds of thousands of workers are affiliated.

It is clear that this campaign is not going away and the fight goes on until there is justice; justice for Mohamud and justice for all ordinary people who have had their lives taken from them by this exploitative and predatory capitalist system.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


In The Socialist 17 February 2021:


Tory consultation on home-use abortion pills

Tory cladding money will not make us safe

Sham inquiry into 'progressive extremism' will not stop movements against capitalism

Cumbria mine: How can we fight for jobs and stop climate change?

Cryptocurrency bubble: Insanity of capitalism

News in brief

NSSN meeting

Online workers' rally: Taking fight to the bosses


SNP's independence referendum 2 'roadmap'


NHS white paper: no solution to failed Tory policies

Boot private companies out of our NHS

Workplace safety

Covid workplace safety

Derby Toyota plant Covid crisis

Workplace News

Hackney teaching assistants strike against cruel and unnecessary job cuts

PCS: Reject the HMRC pay deal

Manchester Go North West bus drivers in all-out strike over fire and rehire dispute

London bus drivers set to strike over pay and conditions

Scaffolders' strike continues

Socialist Students

Strike back for free education

Socialist Students conference - Sunday 28 February


Socialist Party Black and Asian caucus

Remembering Mohamud Hassan - continuing the fight against police brutality

How you can amplify the Socialist's voice - Help us build subscriptions to the Socialist

Swarming the London Mayor's question time

Southern new members meeting - a vivid illustration of the appetite for socialist ideas

Doing all we can to fund the anti-cuts stand at the ballot box

Readers' Opinion

Film Review: Dear Comrades!

The Socialist Inbox


Home   |   The Socialist 17 February 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleSarah Everard trial reveals police abuse of power

triangleFighting evictions in Cornwall

triangleTory cuts worsened crime and Johnson 'blitz' won't help

triangleBristol: Police to blame for protest violence

triangleDalian Atkinson - police found guilty of killing ex-footballer


triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: What relevance has the Communist Manifesto today?

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Why socialists builds internationally

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Pandora leaks put capitalism in the dock

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: The need for a revolutionary party


triangleNewcastle United takeover - no to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

triangleBuild a mass working-class climate movement with socialist policies

triangleNewcastle United takeover: No to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots

Black Lives Matter:

triangleThe street I live on

triangleNews in brief

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Place Unite at the head of the anti-Tory movement



Hackney: Stop closure of children's centres


Further education

College strikes continue into third week



Who runs Unison: lay members or the paid officials?



Durning Hall: Hands off our community space



March to save Stratford arts jobs from Newham Labour attacks



DVLA: Workers ballot on further strike action



Pandora property speculators fuel housing crisis



Oaks Park pickets vote for more strikes to defeat bullies


National Education Union

National Education Union deputy general secretary election



60 steelworks scaffs march in second week of all-out strike



Newcastle United takeover: No to billionaire Ashley or Saudi despots



Solidarity Appeal: Support the Berlin hospital strike



Scunthorpe steel scaffolders strike for pay rise



Tesco warehouse rep fighting for reinstatement

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793



Alphabetical listing

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021