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.