Brixton riot 30 years on: Windrush Square/library event, Sun 10th April 2011

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified


    To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton Uprising there will be a special event held at Windrush Square and Brixton Tate library on Sunday 10th April, 2011. Here’s the press release:

    Loads of old video footage of the riot here:
  2. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    That truly is a beautiful and informative graphic.
  4. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    If it is hard facts you want...:D

    Brixton 1981 Close-up cartoon copy.jpg
  5. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Will definitely be going to this.
  6. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Hang on! It clashes with Streatham Common Kite Day, maybe I wont definitely be going after all :D
  7. ajdown

    ajdown Posting in this thread

    They should have realised that 30 years ago that the date would have been inconvenient for Kite Day. Silly rioters.
  8. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Riot first, kites after. Sorted!
  9. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    This is interesting. I remember the riots.
  10. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    "Operation Swamp" was the lead up to the riots. It meant that the Police literally "swamped" Brixton the week before. Stopping people. I was stopped in Rushcroft road. I had black bag full of clothes I had taken to laundry. Obviously they thought I must be up to no good. Ha Ha.

    This operation caused rising tension in the area leading to the riot.

    The Police were unprepared for the riot. They had no riot gear then unlike now. The Riots and the Miners strike lead to police developing riot control techniques and better intelligence.

    The 81 riots ( or uprising) were genuinely popular. I remember a few days later when the Home Secretary came down to tour the area he was booed.

    Even the older more traditional Afro Carribean people thought the Police had it coming.

    This was not a race riot.It was directed at the Police. Im white had had no trouble at all.

    The Police lost control of central Brixton. In the end the riot petered out rather than the Police gaining the upper hand.

    It was a different era then. The Tories had been in power for a short time and were disliked. Unemployment was just beginning to bite The Police were not seen as on the side of the people.

    There were other long term reason such as the response the the Deptford fire.
  11. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Oh, that looks interesting. Hopefully someone will bump this nearer the time
  12. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    The Reunion on Radio 4 is coming up later on today and will be available on i-Player for 7's about the events of April 1981 and features our very own Brian Paddick, plus Alex Wheatle, Ted Knight, Darcus Howe and Peter Bleksley.

  13. brixtonscot

    brixtonscot Well-Known Member

    Front page of Big Flame newspaper , with message of solidarity from Derry Youth to Brixton Youth. The first day of the uprising was the day after over 30.000 people in Fermanagh & South Tyrone had elected Bobby Sands their MP , who was then on hunger strike against Britains policy of criminalising Irish republicans and died on 5th of May , followed by nine of his comrades
  14. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    LKJ will probably perform his classic:

  15. hendo

    hendo Fish finger sandwiches

  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    yeh cos people REALLY think at the time that in 30 years time their actions will be the subject of a one-day event at the local library :rolleyes:
  17. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Shit, forgot about this and don't have time to go :(
  18. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

  19. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I knew about the event in Windrush Square but I wanted to mark the day (that I arrived in Brixton 30 years ago) by having a lovely day at home with my family and a big celebratory meal with people I love. Sadly neither of my daughters can make it but they are happy in their own homes, which is brilliant in itself. I had no idea 30 years ago I'd have six fabulous grandchildren :) Life is good.
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I was there! Photos later...
  21. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Looking forward to them
  22. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    They are gonna discuss the riots on the Robert Elms show on BBC London today.
  23. editor

    editor hiraethified

  24. Minnie_the_Minx

    Minnie_the_Minx someinenhhanding menbag and me ah bollox

    Quite a crowd there.

    Why did I think there was going to be an exhibition or something?
  25. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Has urban not discussed using the term 'riots' before about what happened?
  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    What's your take on it?
  27. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    I'd like to see the debate. Fella on local news was saying, at the time, the local literature always referred to it as an 'uprising' against sus, etc. I can't remember back in that kind of detail.
  28. story

    story Changing the facts

    I think that generally outside of Brixton it was "riots" and in Brixton it was "uprising".

    And anyone outside Brixton who had ties to or connections or sympathies with what happened said "uprising" and anyone in Brixton who didn't, said "riot".

    That's my memory of it anyway.
  29. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    wasnt boris there?
  30. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Story - By "outside", might you mean 'media influenced'?

    The term 'riot' would play as very loaded to many audiences.

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