Alfie and Zak’s trial is currently ongoing. Please come along to the public gallery at the court and support them
In the run up to Alfie’s trial, use the campaign kit to show your support. Pick a day at college or in your workplace to get people involved in the “we are all Alfie Meadows” campaign.
Alfie Meadows and Zak King took part in the student protest on the 9th December 2010, along with thousands of others to oppose the trebling of tuition fees, the scrapping of EMA and the attack on public education. They were met by kettling, horse charges, and batoning – which left Alfie close to death, needing emergency brain surgery.
Like many other students they were also arrested and dragged through the courts on excessive charges. This was designed to get prison sentences. In one case a college student was sentenced to 12 months for waving a flimsy placard stick. However many of these cases fell apart when students plead not guilty and exposed the police brutality on the day.
Alfie and Zak first went to trial in March 2012 which resulted in a hung jury. A retrial then began on the 29th October and was then aborted due to repeated delays. Alfie and Zak will now stand for a third time in court, two years and three months since the 9th December demonstration!
Alfie has already suffered life threatening injuries and the trauma of emergency brain surgery. Zak had to watch his brother get dragged through the courts on similar charges only to be found not guilty.
The experience of being subjected to long delays in the run up to trials with a serious charge hanging over them, amounts to further punishment of Alfie and Zak. As Gareth Pierce noted about the attempts to criminalise 95 miners arrested at Orgreave (all cleared): ‘Perhaps as the trial proceeds, those in the dock are beginning to get some sense of release, and ultimate expectation that they’re going to be exonerated but that doesn’t repay them for a year of keeping them underneath that grotesque power of the state.’
This ongoing victimisation and punishment must end now. We call on fellow students, trade unionists, activists to join our demand for justice for Alfie and Zak.
Articles about Alfie Meadows:
Student protester operated on after being ‘hit with police baton’
Police officers ‘tried to stop hospital staff treating injured protester’
Our cause’s face isn’t my step-brother, Charlie Gilmour, but Alfie Meadows
Injured student protester faces trial for violent disorder
Student who suffered head injury at protest denies violent disorder
Student demonstration jury fails to reach verdict in violent disorder case
‘We are all Alfie Meadows’