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Phone – 07510283424 |  Email – bristoldefendantsolidarity[at]

Printable BDS leaflet.

Bristol Defendant Solidarity is an independent group run by local volunteers, formed after the Stokes Croft riots in April 2011. We aim to provide effective, lasting unconditional support and solidarity to anyone arrested or imprisoned as a result of demos, riots, direct action and escalating class war. We also stand in solidarity with all people facing harassment from the state – whether that is a “random” Stop and Search on the street, or dawn raid as part of their investigations into “subversive” groups. We take a clear stand against state repression and police brutality. Our work includes:

  • Court and bail accompaniment
  • Help with finding and transferring solicitors
  • Help accessing legal information
  • Collating legal information for defendants
  • Creating and distributing “bust cards” on demos
  • Distributing information on “know your rights”, and dealing with police
  • Running legal workshops

Please contact us by phone or email if you need support, or if you can be a witness. Be careful what you say on the phone – we can arrange a meeting in person.

Remembering Anna: Our comrade Anna died in courageous struggle fighting against great odds. We miss her – we are sad and full of rage for the loss. She was part of us and has left an indelible mark… (Read full statement)