Another Harsh Jail Term for Student Protester

This post was written by Jacob on March 20, 2011
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It’s strange what gets picked up and what doesn’t by the mainstream media. Anyhow, one thing that most certainly wasn’t picked up this week was the massively harsh and unreasonable jailing of someone who was on the student protests at the end of last year. The press release reads as follows (I’ve edited out the guy’s address)

A man was jailed today, Thursday 17 March, for his part in violence during student protests in central London on 24 November.

21-year-old Abdullah Hussainzai – also known as Abdullah Jamal [dob 1/1/90]was found guilty at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court of criminal damage to a bus shelter and arson to a road traffic divider (i.e. bollard) in Whitehall SW1

He was jailed for three months, with a recommendation that he be detained at immigration on completion of his sentence.

Sorry what? Three months for what I’m guessing was a bit of graffiti and setting fire to a bollard? And then perhaps deportation. The time has come for us to build a campaign against oppressive punitive sentences dished out to protesters by a state drunk on its own power. When the state acts in this way, all protesters who become defendants and convicts are victims in need of support.

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Reader Comments

Paulo

If he was one of the yobs in the crowd attacking and robbing other protesters and smashing stuff up, he deserves it. 3 months and permanent deportation is about fair.

I know someone beaten with a metal bar for interrupting them destroying a phone box, while the police watched.

#1 
Written By Paulo on March 21st, 2011 @ 9:59 am
Rosa

If he’d attacked other protestors, surely it would have been an assault charge?
Criminal damage absolutely does NOT justify deportation

#2 
Written By Rosa on March 21st, 2011 @ 10:21 am
julia

Does anyone know if he’s planning to appeal?

#3 
Written By julia on March 21st, 2011 @ 10:22 am
Genghis Tebbit

“Three months for what I’m guessing was a bit of graffiti and setting fire to a bollard”

OK, I’ll come round to your place, graffiti your windows and set fire to your front door.

Minor offence apparently, and after all it’s a protest innit?

#4 
Written By Genghis Tebbit on March 21st, 2011 @ 11:08 am
Rupt

Seems about right to me, except for the deporting bit which seems a bit harsh.

#5 
Written By Rupt on March 21st, 2011 @ 11:23 am

how do the right wing trolls even find this stuff? like, seriously?

#6 
Written By richard on March 21st, 2011 @ 12:16 pm
neil morley

And the police who dragged a bloke out of his wheelchair? Did they get prosecuted?

#7 
Written By neil morley on March 21st, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

I’ve no problem with it.

#8 
Written By Owain on March 22nd, 2011 @ 10:23 pm
Eloise

This punishment seems quantitatively and qualitatively unfair for what is actually a minor offence, which I am not excusing by highlighting. This is actually a serious issue for those of us with indefinite leave to remain in the UK, who are taxpayers of long standing and potentially as affected and angered by ideological cuts as our neighbours. We’d like to march to support friends and colleagues and would like to do so without fear of inflated reprisal on the part of the Met.

#9 
Written By Eloise on March 23rd, 2011 @ 10:38 am

I remember seeing fires being lit at that bus shelter on Whitehall. It might have had something to do with the fact that innocent young people were being imprisoned there at below-zero temperatures. People lit fires to keep themselves warm – unlike police officers, they couldn’t swan off for a cup of tea and an extra jumper whenever they felt like it.

#10 
Written By Conrad Landin on March 24th, 2011 @ 11:29 pm
Don

You lot are stupid if you want to save money deport as many as possible.

#11 
Written By Don on March 25th, 2011 @ 8:24 am

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