Emergency mtg to protest ouster of 1st UK Muslim mayor
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Emergency meeting to protest outrageous ouster of UK's 1st elected Muslim mayor

Dear friend,

Following the outrageous ouster of Tower Hamlets' Mayor Lutfur Rahman an emergency meeting has been called to protest the racially skewed judgements of judge Richard Mawrey. The trial follows a sustained establishment campaign against Mayor Rahman initiated by Tory Eric Pickles.

The meeting aims to 'set the record straight about the removal of Lutfur Rahman as Mayor of Tower Hamlets and set out what needs to be done to defend democracy in Tower Hamlets, to challenge racism in the borough and beyond, and to ensure that anti-racist, anti-war and anti-austerity politics find their rightful place in the council.'

Speakers include: 

Lutfur Rahman 
Christine Shawcroft, Labour Party NEC
John Rees, People's Assembly 
Andrew Murray, Chief of Staff, Unite the Union 
Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition 
Salma Yaqoob, 
John McLoughlin, Branch Secretary, Tower Hamlets Unison 
Weyman Bennett, Unite Against Fascism 

(All speakers in a personal capacity.)

Defend Lutfur Rahman
6pm, Thursday 30 April
Waterlily Conference Centre, 69-89 Mile End Road, London (map)
Please share the Facebook event as widely as possible.
Essential background reading from counterfire.org
Tower Hamlets: the real electoral fraud is about to begin
John Rees on the outrageous dismissal of Tower Hamlet's first elected Muslim Mayor

When is a minority not a minority? When they're Bangladeshis living in Tower Hamlets
Judge Mawrey's comments offer a disturbing insight into the mindset with which he approached the Lutfur Rahman case and which prevails amongst Britain's ruling elite writes Ady Cousins
 
Judge Mawrey's comments are demonstrably false. According to Metropolitan Police figures there have been more anti-Muslim hate crimes in Tower Hamlets in the last two years than in any other borough.
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