The 1981 UK riots were spurred by police handling into the investigation of the New Cross fire where 13 young black people lost their lives.
Following the New Cross Fire and march, and after several years of blatant provocation by the British State and the far right, Black youth finally reached a boiling point. Starting in Brixton in south London, the summer of 1981 saw riots break out in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.
The Battle for Brixton was a pitched battle, fought between disgruntled youth, members the community, the police and anyone who represented “the system”. Witness this history as told by those who were on the front line.
The first Brixton Riots lingered on for about 5 days. this documentary looks at some of the events that happened on that fateful weekend of 10 — 12th April 1981.
Also consider reading BBC 1981: Brixton riots report blames racial tension.