Kaity Squires, a local socialist and activist, has been convicted of assaulting a police officer during the anti-fracking campaign in Balcombe. She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 in court costs.
For those of us who have followed the trial this seems like yet another injustice typical of a system designed to protect the interests of capitalism. Kaity was simply exercising her right to protest before the police waded in and began to arrest demonstrators. This is yet another example of the forces of the state engaging in a concerted effort to crackdown on anyone speaking out against the interests of corporations looking to profit from destroying our environment.
We stand by Kaity who maintains her innocence, no matter what trumped up charges have been thrown at her, and is currently considering appealing against the outcome of the trial. We are asking people to make a donation to help cover Kaity’s £300 court costs. It doesn’t matter how big or small – all contributions are gratefully received.
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