After an eight-week stay in prison, a jailing that was shockingly under-reported almost everywhere, water charge resister Steven Bennett was freed this week. From Solidarity Times:
We are delighted to hear that water charges campaigner Steven Bennett has been released after spending 8 weeks in Cloverhill prison without trial.
The judge tried to make him accept bail conditions which would have banned him from protesting. Steven refused to accept these conditions and because of this stance has been in Cloverhill prison until his release after todays court appearance.
What happened to Steven exposes the extremely hollow nature of democracy and legal process. This was an internment without trial intended to prevent Steven taking part in protests. The media outlets that were outraged that Joan Burton was delayed in her car for a couple of hours in Jobstown were silent about his eight week detention. To them its wasn’t even a news story, never mind material for outraged editorials.
In other prison news, don’t forget that Saturday July 25th is the international day of solidarity with antifascist prisoners. If you’re in the Welsh valleys or Bristol, there’ll be events marking the occasion; if not, why not send a card or a letter to a prisoner, either off your own bat or with a group of friends?