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It’s the third day of a high court appeal to remove the ban on protesting outside of in Birmingham. Today the court will hear the defence case - starting with Shakeel Afsar - who’s been one of the leaders of the demonstrations (📷 PA IMAGES)
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
Replying to @AndertonPark
Deputy headteacher has been briefly recalled to clarify whether the books ‘Princess Boy’ and ‘Mummy, Momma, and Me’ were in the school library or classrooms. She responds that to her knowledge they have not.
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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First defendant Shakeel Afsar has been called to the stand for questioning
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
The court is shown a video of a discussion between and at the gates of - one parent in the video asks Mr. Quereshi what he’s doing there.
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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“I never heard her refer specifically to Anderton Park - she was just talking generically about the national situation” - Mr. Afsar’s response when asked why he didn’t stop a protester shouting about ‘self touching’ being taught at
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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He adds: “The police have been part of every protest I have ever taken part in. They’re always informed.”
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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Shakeel denies writing a protest advert for 4th October which refers to ‘self touching’ being taught at and contains the same misspelling of ‘Yardley’ as he’s been known to make. Mr. Afsar says it’s possible the misspelling was because of iPhone autocorrect
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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Barrister for Mr. Manning suggests “the tactic of your group is to throw all kinds of mud at the school which you know is not true to generate bad publicity” - Shakeel responds “Not at all absolutely not” (cont)
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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...Mr. Manning goes on “Suggestions are made about teaching masturbstion and inviting convicted paedophiles into the school” Shakeel: “That is false. I’ve always tried to facilitate meaningful dialogue between the school and the parents. If they’re happy we’ve reached...
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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“...that point - I’ll happily step back into my own business”
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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Another video is shown to the court of a protester shouting “there’s pedophiles in there! There’s pedophiles in there!” Outside the school gates. Shakeel is seen in the video standing next to him holding up signs he’s brought with him.
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Heart Midlands News 16 Oct 19
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Shakeel: “what he’s saying is diabolically wrong. It took a couple of seconds to register” Manning: “but you let him carry on” Afsar: “there was a lot of things going on at once”
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