Stop Press: Looks like Sarah Champion has wisely declined to attend: https://twitter.com/SarahChampionMP/status/699907361251729408
Defend Rotherham 12 campaign launched
A defence campaign is being launched in Rotherham to support a group of 12 Asian men facing trial later this year.
They are charged with violent disorder following a march by the Nazi Britain First last September.
The public launch of the “Defend the Rotherham 12” campaign will take place in the town on Saturday 27 February.
Protest marks a breakthrough for anti-racists in Rotherham
Some 400 anti-racists gathered in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, last Saturday to oppose the Nazi Britain First group and remember a murdered Muslim man.
Many felt the demonstration, boosted by a big turnout from Asian people, was a breakthrough in the battle against racism in the town.
Protesters gathered in All Saints Square. They paid their respects to Mushin Ahmed, an 81 year old Muslim who died recently after being attacked in Rotherham.
Britain First drew no more than 170 to a racist march.
Man pleads guilty to playing part in violent clashes after Rotherham protests
A man has pleaded guilty to taking part in violent clashes following demonstrations in Rotherham in September.
Mahroof Sultan, aged 36, of Grosvenor Road, Eastwood, admitted a charge of violent disorder when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today alongside 11 other defendants.
He admitted playing a part in serious disorder involving clashes between rival groups in Rotherham town centre following a Britain First-led demonstration and counter-protest by Unite Against Fascism on September 5.
Mahroof Sultan some previous:
Gang of four men jailed for abducting teenage girl and holding her to ransom over late £400 rent payment
Four men who abducted a teenage girl and held her to ransom over a £400 bill for rent arrears started jail terms yesterday.
The gang grabbed Beata Daniova, 13, and took her from a friend’s home in Tinsley, Sheffield, before warning her mother that she wouldn’t see her daughter until the outstanding rent was paid.
The four men were told they would spend a total of 10 years in prison for blackmail and abduction.
Sheffield Crown Court was told that landlord Mahroof Sultan, 28, was owed £400 in rent.