Two months ago, we called on you to join us in our call for justice for 57 wrongfully arrested men with the #AcquitThe57 campaign, and you did. The hashtag received a huge amount of engagement across multiple social media platforms and went on to trend on Twitter.
Most importantly, a new hearing was scheduled for the case. At the hearing, on the 27th of October, the case was struck out.
Although we are disappointed that the case has been struck out instead of being dismissed, this is still welcome news after two long years of endless court appearances and uncertainty.
A dismissal means that the individuals are free of all charges and the case can’t be brought up again in any court of law. However, a strikeout means that they are free to go away now, but the police can arrest them again anytime in the future on these same charges.
Thank you for joining us to demand justice. We do not take your support for granted, and we hope that you will continue to use your voice to speak up against injustice.
You did this! Don’t ever let anyone tell you that your voice doesn’t matter. It mattered in this case, and it will always matter. Never stop speaking up.
Executive Director, TIERs.