The criminal convictions of members of the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ – convicted in the 1970s after successful picket action in an industrial dispute – have been quashed by a court of appeal as ‘unsafe’.
The workers and their families have campaigned for almost half a century against the state persecution of workers for organising collective action. Tragically, the verdict comes too late for Des Warren, one of two who received the longest sentences. Warren died in 2004 without seeing his name cleared.
This is a fantastic victory for those wronged and their families and supporters – and a chilling reminder, in a time of ‘SpyCops’ laws and the Tories’ plan to give police draconian powers against protesters for merely causing annoyance, of what unaccountable state power means.
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