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Rotherham men cleared over violent protest clash

Ten men have been found not guilty of violent disorder following rival demonstrations in Rotherham.

The men were charged after clashes between far-right groups and anti-fascist campaigners in September 2015.

During the six-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court CCTV footage of the clash between a group of white men and a group of mainly Asian men was shown.

The footage showed the two groups fighting in the street before the police intervened.

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The cleared men, all of Rotherham, argued they had acted in self-defence.

  • Asif Zaman, 47, of Wellgate Mount
  • Mohammed Saleem, 43, of Mount Street
  • Arshad Khan, 44, of Wellgate Mount
  • Abrar Javid, 37, of St Johns Road
  • Imran Iqbal, 29, of Clough Road
  • Nasrum Rashid, 21, of Fraser Road
  • Moshin Mahmood, 18, of James Street
  • Sadaqat Ali, 39, of Milton Road
  • Shaban Ditta, 31, of Cambridge Crescent
  • Akaash Nazir, 21, of Cow Rakes Lane

A spokesman for the men, Suresh Grover, welcomed their acquittals.

He said: "The jury, as representatives of the local population, have understood the impact of race and religious hatred fuelled by the far right on the Asian Muslim population in Rotherham.

"They've also understood the need for communities under siege to defend themselves when faced with intolerable levels of racist threats and violence."

He said far-right groups had come to Rotherham to promote violence and called for an inquiry into why the 10 men had been arrested and charged by South Yorkshire Police.

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