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Witnesseses of Ian Tomlinson's brutal murder come forward

Mike | 05.04.2009 13:45 | Free Spaces | Repression | Social Struggles | Birmingham

An article in today's Observer newspaper states that the "police assaulted bystander who died in G20 protests". Three independent witnesses have come forward with corroborative statements telling how he was violently assaulted.

The City of London police have claimed that "[He] suffered a sudden heart attack while on his way home from work". Allegedly the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) were to release a statement on Friday portraying his death as a tragic accident, following a police post-mortem which attributed his death to 'natural causes'. This raises serious questions about the so called independence of the IPCC. Clearly Ian Tomlinson would have suffered serious head trauma, quite why the police and IPCC saw this vital information as too insignificant to mention remains unanswered.

In the light of the white wash of the death of Jean-Charles de Menezes, it seems unlikely that any kind of justice will be served. A serious discussion is now needed within the movement to establish what tactics will be most effective to defend ourselves at all future protests.