On the Saturday night time petrol bombs commenced flying by the air. Rumours experienced distribute all around Brixton, in south London, of police mistreatment of a community black man. Soon it was a complete-scale riot and by the time it was over virtually 300 police officers and sixty civilians experienced been hurt in the unrest that ensued.
The Guardian’s community affairs correspondent, Aamna Modhin, tells Anushka Asthana that for many who were being there these were being not riots but an rebellion. Between these Modhin spoke to were being Ros Griffiths and Alex Wheatle, who were being young people residing in Brixton at the time.
Now, forty a long time on, there are parallels to the Conservative government’s presiding over an unemployment crisis and enduring tensions amongst the community and police.
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