‘Self defence is no offence’—Victory to the Rotherham 12

‘Self defence is no offence’—Victory to the Rotherham 12

Not guilty verdicts in the Rotherham 12 case represent a landmark victory that has implications for anti-racists across Britain. A group of Asian men in Rotherham has shown that if you fight against injustice, you can win, writes Phil Turner

The Rotherham 12 are innocent—self-defence is no offence. That’s the conclusion after one of the biggest and most important victories for anti-racists in decades.

Ten Asian men last week were cleared at Sheffield Crown Court following a six-week trial.

They were charged with violent disorder following a peaceful anti-fascist protest in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, last September.

The case had hung over them and their families for more than a year. If found guilty, they could have been jailed for five years.

Defendant Sadaqat Ali, a taxi driver, said the stress of the trial had transformed his usual outgoing personality. “When this trial started six weeks ago our lives were put on hold,” he told Socialist Worker.

Read on… https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43718/Self+defence+is+no+offence+Victory+to+the+Rotherham+12

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15 Responses to ‘Self defence is no offence’—Victory to the Rotherham 12

  1. David says:

    It will be interesting to seethe fate of the other parties in this case. Without knowing the details one can only draw the most tangential conclusions: if self defence is no offence, how come more defenders were charged than aggressors?

  2. 1st Time User says:

    A little reminder of what “SELF DEFENCE” looks like …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xYZGTevKfM What a farce….. Self defence … Section 3(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 provides that: “A person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in the prevention of crime, or in effecting or assisting in the lawful arrest of offenders or suspected offenders or of persons unlawfully at large.”… Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-defence_in_English_law ..protect the minority through fear of being called racist.

    • 1st Time User says:

      Had an after thought …..did two admit guilt ? what happened to them ? https://rotherhampolitics.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/ten-cleared-over-wellgate-disorder/ how come victory for 12 ?

    • Robin Symonds says:

      But didn’t the jury see this video? Or are you saying they were corrupt?

      • reg reader says:

        Of course they did Robin, … and seemingly many many other vids.
        You may notice that that one was uploaded to Youtube by someone calling themselves “FootballHooligans6 “.

        Actually I prefer this one, as long as the sound is turned off:
        The sub-titles are more than enough

      • 1st Time User says:

        It beggars belief that anyone after seeing this footage would arrive at a self defence conclusion …… maybe they did not see this footage … I would not know .. but seriously Robin ..in your opinion does the footage look like self defence ?. please answer with a simple yes or no………no ifs buts or long winded attempts at distraction a yes or no will suffice.

        • reg reader says:

          This is just the edited footage of a far right wing group – this is not the whole story, it is just what they want you to believe.
          I only put it up as a joke – for others to laugh at.

          It does not represent what really happened that day .

  3. Labour out says:

    Who was on jury Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and David Blunkett?

  4. big bird . says:

    when does self defence become rioting ?

  5. Xinsider says:

    Two of the 12 pleaded “Guilty” at the beginning of proceedings – since the 10 remaining being found not guilty these two have now said they are going to appeal !! Difficult I would surmise given that they pled guilty in the first instance. Given the current fear of “upsetting” Asians in general, and muslims in particular, it would not surprise me if they were found not guilty instead of being put in jail where they belong ! Rotherham used to be a decent town before Stone and his merry band took the Government “shilling” and flooded the place with off comers who, in general, refuse to integrate and do not respect British laws and social mores !

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  7. Xinsider says:

    Jeffrey, at my age a couple of decades is neither here or there !

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