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(en) The Power of Protest Prison governor moves Satpal to try and stop demonstration.

From John O <FreeSatpalRam@ncadc.demon.co.uk>
Date Mon, 6 Sep 1999 17:00:03 -0400

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

   The Demonstration to "Free Satpal Ram" on Saturday 4th September, 
was attended by over 30 people, including Alice Nutter and Boff from 
Chumawamba who had travelled from Leeds.

Given the isolation of Frankland Prison this was an excellent turn 
out. We certainly had an effect bringing lots of banners and 
placards, supporting Satpal and calling for an end to beatings and an 
inquiry into the racist behaviour of Frankland's guards. We also had 
a small PA system playing Asian Dub Foundation's "Free Satpal Ram".

    The Prison knew that we were coming; they had moved Satpal to Full 
Sutton prison (this is the 59th time he has been moved the average is 
6) after 3 organisers went to visit him the week before, this was to 
try and stop the demo as Satpal explains in this letter:

Statement by Satpal Ram - Full Sutton prison, 31.8.99

"I was moved here on Thursday 26th August to take the focus away from 
the protest at the prison on the 4th September.

I would like to ask everyone who comes to that demonstration or who 
can give their support in any way to support my call for an 
independent inquiry into the segregation unit at Frankland and the 
way in which prisoners especially black prisoners, are treated here.

Shortly before my transfer I was visited by Durham Police and I made 
a statement to them, naming several prison officers who were involved 
in the assaults on me. The day before I was moved I rang the 
Prisoners Advice Service and asked them to contact the police to 
report an assault on a Sikh prisoner, who had been assaulted and 
dragged into a strip-cell. He was moved on the same day as I was and 
he is now at Holme House prison. Prisoners I have named to the police 
as witnesses have also been dispersed to different gaols.

The treatment of prisoners at Frankland is brutal and overtly racist. 
To cover this up the staff fabricate disciplinary charges and 
'security information' reports. I have been charged with petty 
disciplinary offences almost every day while held in segregation at 
Frankland during the past 8 weeks."

"Till all Walls Fall"
"In Constant Struggle"
                                   Solitary Brother, Satpal Ram.

As many comrades as possible should write today (just a post card to 
Satpal, will do) to Satpal in support of his campaign and also to the 
Home Office demanding his release and an inquiry into HMP Frankland's 
Segregation Unit. We believe Satpal will be transferred back to 
Frankland soon, but at the moment you can write to him at:

Satpal Ram E94-164
HMP Full - Sutton
Moor Lane
Stamford Bridge
YO4 1PS.

Or you can e-mail Satpal: FreeSatpalRam@ncadc.demon.co.uk
all messages via e-mail are snail mailed onto him:

Back Ground:

Free Satpal Ram Campaign

Asian Dub Foundation Satpal Ram Page

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