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From: "SchNEWS"
To: "SchNEWS Subscribers"
Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 18:31:57 +0000
Subject: SchNEWS 165, 1 May 1998 (Part 1 of 2)

Cambridge Street Party - capers & arrests


The Cambridge street party kicked off the summer last Saturday with a blue sky beaming. Mill Road was once again awash with smiles as Cambridge's Loona Tuna sound system churned out sounds to which 1,500 danced and got in snogs not smogs beneath the noonday sun. See yous all soon on some street or other this summer...


There were 27 arrests (police figure) during the afternoon of the Cambridge street party, including those at the World Day for Lab Animals action going on in parallel in the town that day. In particular, one man was badly beaten up by the police after he failed to move from a road junction, and was nicked for Breach of the Peace and (!) assaulting a police officer. When he refused to co-operate with attempts made to handcuff him inside a prison van, the cops took him back outside, cuffed, and threw him to the ground, where one officer kicked him about the face, head and torso. He was refused medical attention in custody for three hours, and given no access to a solicitor, nor an appropriate adult, despite suffering from depressive anxiety. In response to this attack, there will be a demo against police brutality on Saturday May 9 in Cambridge. Meet by the public toilets on Gonville Place, by Parker's Piece, at 1pm.

If you witnessed any of the arrests on Saturday, phone the SchNEWS office as soon as you can - (01273) 685913 - or write to Box A, Arjuna, 12 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AD. Your call is confidential, and you could earn a Community Action Trust reward. (Er - actually, you couldn't. But helping out those being fucked over by the police is its own reward).

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