The National Union of Students (NUS) today welcomed the acquittal of Alfie Meadows and Zak King who were charged with violent disorder after joining student protests in 2010.
Dannie Grufferty, NUS Vice-President (Society and Citizenship), said:
“I’m pleased to hear that Alfie and Zak have rightfully been proven innocent of the charges against them. Police intimidation of protesters, including the threat of legal action against peaceful protest is unacceptable.
“Alfie was severely injured during the protest and yet while no-one has been charged over that incident he has faced years of accusations and legal action that has taken a heavy toll on his and his family’s lives.
“Protest is not just a right but a necessity in a functioning democracy and we will continue to work with organisations like Defend The Right To Protest to ensure that right is upheld.”
NUS (National Union of Students) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.
We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.