Monday, 6 July 2009
Shrewsbury 24 Papers Not Released
In a clearly political move the Tory government made an example of 24 unuion members, known as the 'Shrewsbury 24' and had them arrested and sent to trial on charges of affray, unlawful assembly and conspiracy. Two of the 24, Des Warren and Eric ( Ricky ) Tomlinson were convicted of conspiracy and sent to prison. Des Warren died in 2004 from drug-induced Parkinson's, caused by the use of the 'chemical cosh' whilst in prison. Ricky Tomlinson was subsequently blacklisted upon his release and denied his trade but has managed to carve a career as an actor and comedian.
For a long time there has been a call for the files involved in this case to be released but this has always been refused. Even recently with a request under the Freedom of Information Act the Home Secretary 'Justice' Jack Straw refused to release them under grounds of national security.
Last Saturday there was a march and rally in support of the 24 organised by the Shropshire and Telford Trades Council.
Much more over at A Very Public Sociologist: Marching with the Shrewsbury 24
Quite what could be a threat to national security in the papers relating to these obviosuly political show trials is beyond my ken. My suspicion would be wrong doing and law breaking by the justice system. One day we will know, and our memories will not have faded.