Newcastle 14 Defence Campaign Launched – Full statement

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Newcastle 14 Defence Campaign

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At approximately 12:40 on Saturday 25 May 2013, 14 anti-fascists were arrested outside the Haymarket metro station in Newcastle as they were about to join the Newcastle Unites march against the English Defence League (EDL). The youngest of those arrested was just 15. There is substantial evidence that members of Newcastle Unites played a part in the arrests. All those arrested had their homes raided while they were in custody, and police have seized mobile phones, computers, cameras, notebooks and political literature. The protesters were released without charge 10 hours later, in the middle of the night at a police station on the outskirts of Newcastle. They have been bailed until 7 August 2013.

The Newcastle 14 (N14) Defence Campaign has been set up with three aims:

  • to defend the 14 anti-fascists who were arrested on 25 May 2013;
  • to defend anti-fascist activity…

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