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16 December 2020

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School boy assaulted by police in Tottenham - end racist policing

Tottenham protest against police racism

Tottenham protest against police racism   (Click to enlarge)

Helen Pattinson, London Socialist Party

People woke up to a horrific video on Friday 11 December. It was of a 16 year old black boy in his school uniform, being assaulted by a police officer in Tottenham, north London. A protest was quickly called and grew to around 80 people.

The incident took place outside Park View school as students were gathering to pick up their exam certificates.

The demo marched to Tottenham police station, which has been the focus point of anti-racist protests over decades. There have been a number of racist deaths of black men and women in custody. Protesters asked why local Labour MP David Lammy was not attending.

The Socialist Party supported the protest with posters against racist policing. Our material called for democratic working-class control of policing, so that trade unions, young people and working-class communities have the ability to challenge racist policing, including the ability to appoint and dismiss chief constables and senior officers.

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In The Socialist 16 December 2020:


News

Unemployment and Covid rising - the crisis is not over - Fight for jobs and safety

Mass testing - we need trade union oversight and full pay for all

Fight for NHS pay and funding

Rich countries hoarding vaccine is danger to us all

No to Tories' new anti-protest law

Maternity unit deaths - democratic, public ownership needed

Met police investigate British mercenary war crimes against Tamils

No surprise, poverty is rising


Education

Cancel exams for class of Covid

Welsh schools close for safety after union pressure

Effective testing and properly funded safety plan needed in schools

East London shows the way: strikes are how to fight for state education

Determined strikers at Leaways school


Workplace News

Openreach and EE: Massive vote for action

PCS union conference stripped of powers by NEC

Unite launch ballot over sacked London bus rep

Christmas redundancy shock at L&Q housing association

Stop 'fire and rehire' at British Gas


New Technology

Can green technology and AI save capitalism?


Engels

'Socialism - Utopian and Scientific' by Engels


Reports & campaigns

Protests in solidarity with Indian farmers

Book: The national question - a Marxist approach

School boy assaulted by police in Tottenham

TUSC relaunch in the north west

Protest against immigration enforcement centre in Newham

Tremendous fighting fund reflects confidence


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Police:

triangle1981: New Cross Massacre

triangleSwansea BLM protest against racist police brutality

triangleJustice for Moyied Bashir

triangleNigeria: Abbey Trotsky on trial for assisting workers' struggle

triangleRemembering Mohamud Hassan - continuing the fight against police brutality

Tottenham:

triangleTottenham block evacuations a test for 'Corbynista council'

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

triangleProtest to pressure Labour to scrap Haringey redevelopment plans

triangle2011 riots: An outpouring of anger at the system

School:

triangle"I'm here to fight for the future education of children in Hackney"

triangleJohnson's 'road map' for schools: Act together to protect safety

triangleHackney teaching assistants strike against cruel and unnecessary job cuts

Racist:

triangleSouthampton: Coxford community condemns racist attack

triangleBLM: Socialist alternative to racist capitalism

Policing:

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Undercover policing in the UK

Protest:

triangleTories target universities in free speech shakedown

London:

triangleUnder attack and fighting back

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