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.