Saturday, August 06, 2011

Demetre Fraser demonstration

Next weekend there's a demonstration from Nunhead to Camberwell called by the family and friends of a young man who died in Birmingham earlier this year. Demetre Fraser aka T.Dot grew up in Nunhead and Peckham, but was staying in the Midlands. On 31st May 2011 he was visited by officers from the West Midlands Police, whose version of events is that he committed suicide by jumping off a 11th floor balcony. He was 21 years old.

Demetre's mother Jossette, who now lives in Brockley, is among those disputing the official account of his death. Neighbours have reported hearing a struggle, and as with the recent death of Smiley Culture, questions are being asked about how a man managed to kill himself in front of police.

The March 4 Justice 4 Demetre Fraser is on Saturday 13th August, starting at 12 noon from Gibbon Road SE15, then heading along Evelina Road towards Peckham Rye, down Rye Lane, Peckham High Street, and 0nto Camberwell Green.

Further information at the Justice4Demetre campaign page.

Update 9 August: the campaign has decided to postpone the march, with Lee Jasper stating: 'In the current climate, we cannot guarantee the public safety of those who would attend the march and as a result, we have decided that we have no option other than to postpone it. This was a difficult decision to make and understandably it is particularly hard for Demetre’s mother, Josette Fraser. Our thoughts are with the Fraser family at this time'.

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