UPDATE on Hackney 41 arrestsTagged as: demo2011 n30 occupylondon occupylsx social_struggles solidarity workers_struggles
POLICE are now saying 41 people have been arrested for suspicion of breach of the peace outside CLR James library in Dalston, Hackney, yesterday of which two remain in custody with the rest bailed (see earlier post for background)
Police originally announced 37 had been arrested for suspicion of breach of the peace following an incident outside the library where a picket was being held as part of the national strike over public sector pensions.
They later released a statement saying they had re-arrested them for affray. Today they announced 41 people have now been arrested for suspicion of breach of the peace (again).
A police spokesman was unable to explain the confusion, but said it would be unusual for people to be bailed-to-return for breach of the peace.
Affray is a considerably more serious offence with a maximum sentence of three years if sent to a crown court.
It is defined as the use, or threatened use, of unlawful violence against another and for someone present to fear for their safety.