Freelance journalist gets two years in prison in Puntland on defamation charge

first_img Help by sharing this information February 24, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts to go further A court in Bosaso, the main port city of the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland, yesterday sentenced freelance journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte to two years in prison, Reporters Without Borders has learned from its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).Feyte was not defended by a lawyer at the trial, which was held four days after he was arrested in Bosaso. He was accused of defamation and disseminating false information but the authorities did not specify what prompted the charges.“Feyte is the victim of a flagrant case of summary justice and must be freed without delay,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This conviction was clearly politically motivated as there were absolutely no grounds for the charges. We urge the Puntland authorities to adopt a law that protects press freedom and protects journalists from arbitrary arrest.”Several local sources said Feyte’s arrest on 26 March was ordered by Puntland interior minister Abdullahi Jama Ilkajir and could have been prompted by political comments Feyte had made about the region’s authorities. Feyte works for several local newspapers and the Dayniile.com et Laasqoray.net websites. News January 8, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Organisation Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somaliacenter_img SomaliaAfrica News March 2, 2021 Find out more News March 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist gets two years in prison in Puntland on defamation charge News Follow the news on Somalia RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF_en last_img read more

Three on terror related offences refused bail

first_img Facebook By News Highland – December 23, 2009 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Pinterest News Google+ Three on terror related offences refused bail Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Three men charged with terrorist-related offences after an attack on a house in Derry last week have been refused bail by the High Court.20 year-old Christopher David Anthony Boas from Robert Street in Derry, is accused of owning items for use in terrorism.43 year-old Raymond Whitehouse from Thornlea Gardens and his 19 year-old son Jordan face charges including threats to kill.It is alleged the three forced their way into a house in Hollymount Park on Friday and tried to shoot the occupant.Windows were smashed in the house and in the car outside.The three are also charged with aggravated burglary, criminal damage, and possession of an offensive weapon. Mr Boast is also charged with possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances.Refusing bail today Mr Justice Hart said whoever was responsible for attacking the house last week had intended to inflict serious harm.He said he could not grant bail because of the potential risk of further offending and interference with witnesses.The case was adjourned.An earlier hearing heard how four masked men forced their way into the home of Sean Johnston at Hollymount Park in the early hours of last Friday morning.A police witness said the gang left the house, but Mr Johnston, who was hiding in the attic, had phoned the police. The police arrived and chased the gang along Corrody Road.They arrested three men after their car crashed at Kildoag Road. A fourth escaped across fields. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleNowDoc facing a busy Christmas periodNext articleMan involved in Garda McLoughlin collision in court News Highland Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

“Arbitrary Action Violating Art 14,9 And 21”: Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea Against Marking Of Certain Voters As ‘D’ Category In Electoral Rolls

first_imgTop Stories”Arbitrary Action Violating Art 14,9 And 21″: Supreme Court Issues Notice On Plea Against Marking Of Certain Voters As ‘D’ Category In Electoral Rolls LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 March 2021 6:49 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice on a petition seeking removal of ‘D’ category (indicating doubtful/ dubious) of voters from electoral rolls. A Bench led by CJI SA Bobde issued notice on the petition filed by several individuals, claiming that they were arbitrarily marked as D-voters in the year 1997, without affording an opportunity of hearing. The Petitioners…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice on a petition seeking removal of ‘D’ category (indicating doubtful/ dubious) of voters from electoral rolls. A Bench led by CJI SA Bobde issued notice on the petition filed by several individuals, claiming that they were arbitrarily marked as D-voters in the year 1997, without affording an opportunity of hearing. The Petitioners have submitted the copy of a RTI reply given by Electoral Registration Officer, wherein the officer has clearly said that even though the Petitioners are marked as D-voters, no such records of putting the “D”-mark is available in the office. In this backdrop the Petitioners submitted, “The Respondents herein have no documentation to prima facie justify their action of marking “D” against the names of the Petitioners, making it an arbitrary action and in blatant violation of the provisions of law and precedents.” Violation of Constitutional & Statutory provisions It is stated that such arbitrary action is in continued violation of their rights under Articles 14 (right to equality), 19 (right to freedom), 21 (right to life and personal liberty), 325 and 326 (adult suffrage) of the Constitution of India as well as their statutory rights under the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and other laws in force. They have referred to Section 23 of the RP Act, which prescribes the manner and lays down the pre-requisites for inclusion in electoral rolls. It provides that a person making an application for inclusion in the electoral rolls is entitled to be included upon the satisfaction of the ERO, “after proper verification of facts in such manner as may be prescribed”. Similarly, Section 22 of the Act states that the ERO can amend, transpose or delete the entry “after proper verification of facts”. The proviso thereof states that if a name is to be deleted on the grounds that the person is not entitled to be registered as a voter, the election registration officer shall give the person concerned a reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of the action proposed to be taken in relation to him after proper verification of facts. A similar provision of providing reasonable opportunity is also given under Rule 21A of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960. The Petitioner has submitted that the creation of the category of “doubtful” or “dubious” voter is not provided for in the legislations cited hereinabove. The plea states, “This category of “D-Voter” was created outside the legislative framework and through an act of delegated authority by theG Election Commission of India, under office orders and memorandums. The implications of the “D” against the name of an individual is far-reaching and includes the denial of basic human rights, Constitutional rights, and other statutory rights— like denial of ration and the right to vote amongst others.” They have relied on Lal Babu Hussein & Ors. v. Electoral Registration Officer & Ors., (1995) 3 SCC 100, where while elaborating upon the nature of the right to vote, and the rights and powers of the persons therein and the ERO, the Supreme Court had observed, “There exists a presumption that the officer concerned must have gone through and ensured the procedural requirements under a law are met/fulfilled before a name is entered in the electoral rolls. If a doubt arises on whether a said person is to be included in the electoral rolls, then a meaningful and purposive opportunity of being heard must be given. This would include informing the person concerned about “why a suspicion has arisen”.” The Petitioners have urged the Top Court to issue an order declaring that the process adopted by the Election Commission in marking “D” against their names on the electoral rolls, is arbitrary, illegal, and unconstitutional. They have sought that their names be reinstated on the electoral rolls and the same be informed to the National Register of Citizens authorities. The Petitioners also seek a compensation of Rs. 50,000/- each for deprivation of Constitutional and statutory rights.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Significant jobs announcement for Downings

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Significant jobs announcement for Downings Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – September 22, 2017 Google+ Twitter Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleHSE flood helpline no longer in operationNext articleInvestigation launched in Derry following report of shots fired at property News Highland Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A significant employment boost has been announced for Downings.Government Chief Whip and Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed that 18 new jobs are to be created over the next three years by BeoBio Teo, a seaweed processing company.Údarás na Gaeltacta has announced a support package of over €200,000 to support an overall investment in the business set up of €750,000.Minister McHugh says recruitment will begin over the next few months:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/joejob.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApplast_img read more

DOGS AND CATS: Davenport, dogs kick off Read Across America week at GES

first_imgLatest Stories Email the author “When people are sick, being with a pet can help them feel better,” Searcy said. “When people are sad, a pet can bring comfort, too. At the funeral home, Sandy is there to help bring comfort to families that are very sad. A dog can bring comfort to people at nursing homes, too. Pets have so much love in them that they make you feel better just by being there.”Searcy walked Sandy among the children and, if smiles are any indication, then 500 children went home Monday afternoon feeling much better. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Sponsored Content DOGS AND CATS: Davenport, dogs kick off Read Across America week at GES Delaney Davenport spoke to students at Goshen Elementary School Monday about her experiences at Children’s Hospital and how reading and other activities helped her feel better.Susan Renfroe, school librarian, said Goshen Elementary School will celebrate the birthday of American writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel with a variety of activities all week long.The Cat in the Hat made a grand entrance, giving high-fives to the kids and then staying around for the afternoon-long celebration.“We all love Dr. Seuss and his books make reading so much fun that we want to read them again and again,” Renfroe said. “Today, we are focusing on Dr. Seuss’ never seen before book, ‘What Pet Should I Get?’” By The Penny Hoarder Next UpAll of the day’s activities related to Dr. Seuss’ “new” book. The manuscript was found in a box in the late author’s home and was published in mid-2015.With about 500 students hanging on most every word, Renfroe read Seuss’ new book as the images were flashed on screen. The new book is the story of a brother and sister who visit a pet store to pick out “one” pet. Choosing one pet from lots of pets is not an easy thing for anyone to do. But having a pet is a special thing, Renfroe said.“Pets are comforting. When we are feeling sad or lonely, a pet can make everything better,” Renfroe said in introducing the first guest, Delaney Davenport. “When Delaney was eight years old, she was very sick and had to go to Children’s Hospital.”Bill Searcy, who owns a funeral home in Enterprise, brought his comfort dog to the GES kickoff event for Read Across America Day. He said dogs can offer love and comfort to those who are sad and lonely. Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Goshen Elementary School students welcomed The Cat in the Hat to their kickoff event for Read Across America week at their school. Monday was hat day at GES. Students and teachers wore hats of their choice. You Might Like Suessical: CHHS drama students prep production of new musical lsey Leverette and Ingrid Lieb perform during dress rehearsals for Suessical The Musical, which will be performed this week by… read more Although the thoughts of going to the hospital were scary, Davenport told the students that the hospital was not a sad place.“I had cancer and that was scary and I was miserable,” she said. “But there was always somebody doing things – bringing me coloring books, books and stuffed animals – things that put a smile on my face. I had a fun even though I was sick.”Renfroe said that pets – like dogs and cats – pets that you can cuddle with can take away sadness and loneliness and make you feel better even when you are sick.She introduced Bill Searcy who owns a funeral home in Enterprise and his Labrador retriever, Sandy, a comfort dog or service dog. Published 3:00 am Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

College student abducted at gunpoint on campus, allegedly by man she knows

first_imgDept. of Public Safety/Ohio State University(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An Ohio State University student was abducted at gunpoint on campus, allegedly by a man she knows, according to school officials. Student Skylar Williams was standing in a parking lot on the university’s Mansfield campus at about 11:45 a.m. Monday when she was approached by suspect Ty’rell Pounds — a man she knows, according to Ohio State’s public safety department. The suspect, reportedly armed with a handgun, forced Williams into his car and fled, the university’s statement said. That car has since been found, but Pounds allegedly stole a car at gunpoint, according to the university. The public is asked to be on the lookout for the stolen car. The university said it’s a dark 2019 Dodge Caravan with license plate number FMZ-9621. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is urged to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Mansfield Post at 419-756-2222. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Funding disquiet over union academy plans

first_imgNewsthat the Government is to create and fund a TradeUnion Academyto train union representatives to university level has provoked a huge responsefrom the HR industry.Inthe last issue of Personnel Today,TUC president Roger Lyons exclusively revealed that the initiative would beannounced at the TUC Conference later this month and would be paid for by theunions and the Department for Education and Skills under the unionmodernisation fund. Hesaid the university-level academy would ensure that trade unionists were moreinformed and more professional. “I’mnot certain if employers put up the kind of people who can handle that,”he said.Thequestion posed on PersonnelToday.com – ‘Should the Government fund the trainingof union representatives?’ – attracted more than 3,000 votes. As 94 per centvoted ‘yes’, another question should perhaps be asked: ‘Was this an organisedcampaign by unionists?’DavidMarriott, regional learning officer for the East Midlandsbranch of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said: “Governmentfunding should be provided especially where reps are providing services toemployees (including non-members) that help to meet the Government’s agenda. “Thisis especially true in the arena of lifelong learning. Union learning reps areencouraging all employees to think about learning, often gaining the skillsthat help them to fill the gaps that have been identified as restricting theeconomic and industrial progress that growth depends on,” said Marriott.”Wherestatutory rights have been established in government departments, managersplace restrictions on our use of time and facilities. We are expected toproduce evidence of our work while being faced with these restrictions and lackof co-operation from the employer. “Governmentfunding for training should produce a greater number of reps to help provide alevel of service to our members, other employees and their employers. This inturn will boost the economic performance and efficiency of both public andprivate sector organisations.Oneunion official commented that it depended on how the programme was implemented.”Inprinciple I am for the training of union representatives,” she said.”But we have to carefully look at the process at appointing union reps. Most trade unions have a problem with the make up of [these]representatives. Black minority, ethnic, young and female members are often notelected as union reps.”Chris,a member of the Transport & General Workers’ Union,commented: “Due to the previous [Conservative] government and the womanwho was the head of it at one time, the unions lost a lot of their powers. Thisbenefited all these company bosses, because they are all conservative, andlined their pockets with more money at the expense of their employees. “Ifully back [the move to government-funded training], and the Government shouldgive unions back their powers as well, so these company bosses start treatingtheir employees like human beings and not robots.” However,an engineer at an aerospace company believes unions have the funds to pay theirown way. “Let’sbe straight,” he said, “it’s not theGovernment that would fund it, but the long-suffering taxpayer – us. Surely ifwe are paying enough in our union dues to pay for the likes of Derek Simpson tohave a expensive jolly like his helicopter trip to Glastonbury,then the union can quite easily afford the cost of training reps.”Anotherman e-mailed: “Union reps are a fundamental part of the workplace, and assuch they should receive the full backing of the Government, to enable them tofulfil their role to the best of their ability.”Apersonnel administrator in the medical sector said: “It is not right thattaxpayers fund this training of trade union representatives. This training is readilyavailable in all sorts of educational establishments and all reps have to do isapply.”ByMichael MillarLook out for your copy of Training MagazineTraining Magazine is published with thisedition of Personnel Today. TheSeptember issue features an interview with Chris Trinick,the proactive chief executive of Lancashire County Council, on why he has putmanagement development at the heart of the modernisation agenda. It also coversapprenticeships and the real impact of home-based learning.  To subscribe visit www.reedbusiness.co.uk/products/training.asp Funding disquiet over union academy plansOn 7 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

‘Battle with Purplebricks cost me my estate agency business’

first_imgFormer estate agent Chris Wood has revealed that the investigation into Purplebricks’ use of Trustpilot by tech magazine Wired is only the tip of the iceberg and that material was left out following legal advice.Wood helped the magazine put together its article but says his long-term campaign to investigate the company helped contribute to the closure of his business, which shut up shop in March.“There’s more to come and it’s going to be serious stuff, and it will be more about whether in general anyone can trust online reviews,” he says.Wired’s article revealed what it claims is evidence Purplebricks is ‘gaming’ the Trustpilot system to ensure positive reviews about its service are posted by customers, an activity that Wood has been highlighting for several years.Purplebricks has rebutted the allegations made in the article and also told The Negotiator that “it’s worth looking at our reviews on Feefo [instead of Trustpilot] as this is the main review site we flag on our adverts now”.Vindicated“Every time something is published about Purplebricks I feel a little more vindicated because some of the stuff I’ve been ranting on about and been getting flack about is coming out into the open,” says Wood.“This has all cost me an awful lot of money and, probably, my estate agency business too.Wood says a previous run-in with Purplebricks over a blog he wrote in 2014 that was referred to the Advertising Standards Authority and investigated by Trading Standards is still hanging over him.“A year after they put me under official caution for writing the blog Trading Standards have yet to talk to me or take any further actions which is ridiculous,” he says. “I’ve put in an official complaint about this.”Wood says he is working 70-80 hours a week to pay off debts left owing after he closed his SW estate agency PDQ Estates and that he is busy building up his recently-established 3D photography business Ocean3D.co.uk.Wired Purplebricks chris Wood September 27, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » ‘Battle with Purplebricks cost me my estate agency business’ previous nextMarketing‘Battle with Purplebricks cost me my estate agency business’Former estate agent Chris Wood says he feels vindicated by Wired magazine’s investigation in to Purplebricks’ use of TrustPilot but says it has all come at a heavy personal price.Nigel Lewis27th September 201902,269 Viewslast_img read more

RAN Officers Ensure Smooth Sailing during KAKADU

first_imgWhile the focus of attention during Exercise KAKADU 2014 is on the interoperability of the coalition fleet at sea in the waters north of Australia, several teams of people have been working hard in Darwin to ensure smooth sailing. View post tag: Sailing Authorities One of these teams consists of 14 officers from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) branch, a specialised capability that provides the link to the commercial maritime industry that enables protection of seaborne trade.MTO’s Deputy Director Operations, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd, described the varied roles the MTO officers are playing during Exercise KAKADU.“MTO has a group of liaison officers embedded at the Darwin Harbour Control Centre and working in the field visiting merchant ships on a daily basis, along with liaison officers embedded in each coalition ship participating in the exercises.“These officers are supported by a small team within the Exercise Control headquarters, located at RAAF Darwin.“This group provides vital liaison between all participants and the commercial maritime industry, ensuring that disruption to merchant shipping is minimised, and that the exercise can proceed without interference,” Lieutenant Commander Hurd said.One of the key relationships maintained by the MTO team is with the Darwin Port Corporation, who coordinate shipping movements in and out of Darwin Harbour, and manage the berth and anchorage assignments for shipping, including Australian and international warships.The Harbour Control Manager for the Darwin Port Corporation, Mr Daniel Christophersen, oversees the team of people who operate the Harbour Control centre.“We deal with the Navy closely throughout the year, with several interactions daily, mostly dealing with the Armidale Class Patrol Boats that are based in Darwin.“There are also regular visits by larger Australian and international warships, many of which use our wharf facilities.“When an exercise like KAKAKDU is in full operation, the greater numbers of movements can impact merchant mariners, so the liaison service that the RAN MTO team provides are invaluable,” Mr Christophersen said.By virtue of their presence, the embedded MTO officers have been able to be proactive in deconflicting civil and military maritime activities, such as with the ARC Round the World Yacht Race.“Our liaison officers in the Harbour Control office found out that the Darwin to Bali leg of the race was set to kick off when most of the fleet were underway in the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU.“We were able to brief the race organisers, yacht masters and our Commanding Officers, and provide all of them with mutual awareness of each other’s activities.“This is one example of what we refer to as ‘White Shipping Deconfliction’, which is where we keep the civilian seafarers safe, and ensure the impact on shipping and the exercise is minimised,” Lieutenant Commander Hurd said.Maritime Trade Operations is a Reserve only capability that provides liaison between the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Maritime and Shipping Industry in order to facilitate the protection of maritime trade and ensure better mutual understanding.Exercise KAKADU 2014 is Australia’s largest warfare exercise of 2014, with ships, aircraft, personnel and observers from 15 countries honing high-end warfighting capabilities.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Officers View post tag: Ensure View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal Australian Navy RAN Officers Ensure Smooth Sailing during KAKADU Back to overview,Home naval-today RAN Officers Ensure Smooth Sailing during KAKADU View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: KAKADU View post tag: Navy View post tag: Smooth September 10, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

OULC condemns protesters’ “abuse” of police

first_imgThe Oxford University Labour Club has voted to condemn protesters for chanting “abuse” at police. The club passed a motion on Thursday night to “condemn the abuse of peaceful police officers at any protest” and “to refrain from taking part in any abusive chants whenever OULC attends protests.” The motion, brought by co-chairs elect Grace Davis and Arya Tandon, comes in response to concerns voiced by members at a recent social event. “They are the most immediate repressive arm of the state, and thus by definition are a conservative force that protects the prevailing order and defends the propertied classes. At the meeting, an amendent was added by OULC Social Secretary and Disabilities Rep Isabella Welch. The motion stated: “Police are working people who do not deserve to suffer abuse whilst working peacefully. […] At the Marion Marechal protest, police suffered abuse, such as being referred to as animals and as Nazis.” The move was interpreted as a factional swipe at the left by some members. “In November a similarly enormous police operation ensured Steve Bannon to speak, but the police stood by and watched as two stewards were physically attacked by neo-Nazis who had been emboldened by Bannon’s words. In January, when Marion Marcehal Le Pen came to speak, eight police vans, five horses and countless officers were used to restrict our rights to peacefully protest and to enable Le Pen to spread her hateful ideology. “The police exist to protect property relations and suppress the labour movement, and the idea that the same institution that attacked striking miners at Orgreave and shot Mark Duggan deserves our support is ludicrous.” At the time of the Le Pen demonstration, one of the organisers, Free Education Oxford said: “The police always bring in massive operations to protect openly fascist speakers and their tiny audiences, speakers who pose a material threat to members of our community. “Indeed racist violence and brutal strike-breaking aren’t a coincidence – they’re an inherent aspect of policing, and have been since its first modern incarnations in strike- breaking militias and armed slave patrols. “For OULC to pass a motion of this nature, which whitewashes not only the inherently oppressive nature of police in class society but also police aggression towards protestors at the Marechal talk – several of whom were violently thrown against walls or dragged into the street when attempting to form a peaceful picket – is shameful.” “We’ve seen again and again that the police are not a neutral institution. They choose who to protect, and it is always the most hateful, the most dangerous elements of society.” Davis told Cherwell: “The anti-police chants were not constructive to the protest, and fundamentally went against the values we hold as Labour members. “You can believe that there are institutional problems with the police whilst still condemning the abuse of individual police officers who are fundamentally just workers who deserve not to suffer abuse at work. “I’m really glad the membership of OULC agreed with me on this, and that the vote passed unanimously.” Welch told Cherwell: “I amended the motion to make it clear that OULC absolutely wants to criticise the police when it’s necessary and doesn’t distract from the main issues we’re protesting. “We are allowed to put forward anti-police chants when they are relevant and not filled with simple insults. “We shouldn’t forget that no government is guiltless of using the police to unjustly shut down strikes and protests (think of the docker strikes during the Atlee government), and OULC absolutely wants to reform and discuss the police in a constructive manner.” Former OULC Campaigns Officer Andrew Peak told Cherwell: “I wasn’t able to make the meeting, but I’m very concerned by this motion, and the fact that after seeing police get physical with protesters and protect Le Pen the proposers seem to take their side. OULC member and student activist Atticus Stonestrom, told Cherwell: “This motion utterly ignores the uniquely reactionary societal role that police play, and their pivotal contributions in shutting down labour unrest, infiltrating socialist groups, crush- ing strikes, and oppressing and dividing the working class. The motion cited recent protests at the Oxford Union against the platforming of Marion Maréchal Le Pen and Steve Bannon. It condemned the decision to platform the far-right figures, but took issue with the behaviour of some people involved with the Le Pen protest. The motion was passed unanimously, although the number of members present only just fulfilled the quorum. Also on the agenda for the EGM, were a decision to campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act and to make the Club’s finances publicly available at the request of any two members.last_img read more