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  Brixton - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
Brixton is a vibrant inner London suburb 3.3 miles (5.3 km) south of Charing Cross and is the unofficial "capital" of the Jamaican and Caribbean community of London.
Brixton was the scene of anti-police riots in April 1981 and September 1985.
Although the Brixton area subsequently saw pioneering community policing initiatives, the continued death of young fl men in police custody (and in one case the death of a man holding a gun-shaped cigarette lighter) coupled with general distrust of the police led to smaller scale protests through the 1990s.
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 US Bazaar.com : Encyclopedia Pages : Brixton riot (1981)
The Brixton riot of April 11, 1981 was the most serious riot in London, UK, of the 20th century.
The riot resulted in almost 300 police injuries and 65 serious civilian injuries; over a hundred vehicles were burned, including 56 police vehicles; almost 150 buildings were damaged, with thirty burned.
The riots inspired the Eddy Grant song, "Electric Avenue." The Clash also made a song about Brixton, "The Guns of Brixton." This song precedes the actual riots of 1981 (The album was released in 1979), but it shows the general feeling of discontent in the area.
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 Riot information - Search.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Riots occur when crowds or even small groups of people have gathered and are committing or seem about to commit crimes or acts of violence usually in reaction to a perceived grievance or out of dissent, but sometimes for no immediately apparent reason.
Riots have arisen over poor working or living conditions, government oppression, efforts at taxation or conscription, conflicts between races or religions, or even the outcome of a sporting event or as protest against perceived cultural colonialism.
Riots are characterized by violence, such as property damage, arson, looting, assault and murder.
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 Discover the Wisdom of Mankind on riot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Riots occur when crowds of people have gathered and are committing crimes or acts of violence usually due to a perceived grievance or out of dissent.
Riots have been caused over poor working or living conditions, government oppression, efforts at taxation or conscription, conflicts between races or religions, or even the outcome of a sporting event.
Australia is known for the Sydney Riot of 1879, one of the earliest riots at an international cricket match.
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 Metropolitan Police Service - History of the Metropolitan Police Service
These were the first serious riots of the 20th century, and the first entailing substantial destruction of property since the formation of the Metropolitan Police.
The report concentrated on the policing rather than the underlying causes of the report, but made it clear that the riot was an outburst of violence against the police, and that local community leaders and police should share the blame for the breakdown in communications.
It also stated that the police needed to be better organised for riot control, and made clear the extent to which increasing unemployment coupled with discrimination against the fl community in a variety of ways were vital contributory factors.
www.met.police.uk /history/brixton_riots.htm   (544 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | The legacy of the Brixton riots
As the 25th anniversary of the Brixton riot approaches, BBC News examines the significance of the events of April 1981.
Since 1981 there has continued to be sporadic outbreaks of public disorder both in Brixton and other major cities, most memorably in the north of England when white and Asian youths clashed during the summer of 2001.
The Battle for Brixton, an eyewitness account of the 1981 Brixton riots told by rioters, police and local residents was broadcast on Monday 10 April on BBC Two at 1900 BST.
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Riots in Brixton and Tottenham break out on successive weekends in response to the killing of local women by police.
PC Blakelock is killed during rioting on the Broadwater Farm estate and the Brixton disturbances extend across Lambeth and into Peckham.
Rioting in Brixton follows the umpteenth murder of a fl man in police custody.
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 Brixton Riots April 1981, an eye witness accounts of the Brixton Disorders in and around the Frontline, Atlantic Road, ...
Brixton Riots April 1981, an eye witness accounts of the Brixton Disorders in and around the Frontline, Atlantic Road, Railton Road, Coldharbour Lane and Brixton Road, Brixton, Lambeth, London
A housing waiting list, in the borough in which Brixton is situated, of 18,000; a third of the housing stock sub-standard; high unemployment with about 2 out of 3 of the unemployed being fl; a high robbery rate (in fact the highest in London, it being twice the nearest figure); next to no social amenities.
The constant intense policing of Brixton and of the Frontline in particular was heightened in the week leading up to the riots.
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 Riot Kayak
Handsworth riots - The two Handsworth riots occurred in the Handsworth suburb of Birmingham England during the summers of 1981 and 1985.
The riots were allegedy caused by heavy-handed policing and drug-related problems in this inner city suburb, fueled by a nationwide wave of uprisings in the wake of the April 1981 Brixton riot.
Riot gun - These are types of pistol or two-handed gun with a caliber somewhere around 37mm or 1.5 inches which is designed to fire various projectiles, often used for riot control.
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 Race riot Summary
A race riot or racial riot is an outbreak of violent civil unrest in which race is a key factor.
Such riots often reflect anger among racial minority groups that are regarded as socio-economically deprived, and often such anger is directed at law enforcement agencies who are perceived to unfairly target these racial groups.
Racial profiling, police brutality, institutional racism, urban renewal, and racial identity politics are often cited as causes of these riots, although many have argued that these riots tend not to follow any sort of political logic but rather represent spontaneous violent outbursts.
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 Brixton riot (1985) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Brixton riot of 1985 started on 28 September in Brixton in South London.
It was sparked off by the accidental shooting by police of Dorothy 'Cherry' Groce while they were seeking her son Michael in relation to a suspected firearms offence and believed that he was hiding in his mother's home.
One week later another serious conflict, sparked by strikingly similar circumstances, broke out between the Metropolitan Police and mainly fl residents of North London's Tottenham district in what became known as the Broadwater Farm riot.
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 Brixton Riots April 1981, How smouldering tension erupted to set Brixton aflame - report from the Guardian website
The incident marked the beginning of a build-up of police strength and a confrontation began which erupted into violence on Saturday afternoon when a fl youth was arrested outside a minicab office.
The build-up of tension which exploded on Saturday evening in the heart of Brixton began on Friday afternoon, when a police car patrol spotted a young fl wandering along Railton Road with a stab wound in his back.
The young man was taken off in a van by uniformed police and missiles thrown at the van broke some of its windows.
www.urban75.org /brixton/history/riot1.html   (1074 words)

 London Riot Re-enactment Society
Having read their Rules of Association it appears that the London Riot Re-enactment Society may not be eligible to join the National Association of Re-enactment Societies.
If, for example, you are involved in a re-enactment of the Gordon riots and you are very good at acting drunk for days on end, then feel free to just drink water, but if you think that only gin will do the trick, then drink gin, and we won't ask where you got it from.
Riots are usually associated with urban life, but it doesn't have to be that way.
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 Black In Britain B References - find things here   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Rioting was centred around the Railton Road and Atlantic Road areas of central Brixton - known at the time as the 'frontline'.
The spring of 1981 had seen the launch of Operation Swamp aimed at combating street crime.
Word of her motiveless shooting which resulted in her being paralysed from the waist down, spread along Brixton's then 'frontline' Railton Road, the upshot of which saw several days of running battles with the police, looting and burning.
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It may be crude, it may be untidy and rough, but "Riot Party" at the Young Vic is also the first play I have come across to dramatise the Brixton riots of 1981 and give some sense of the passions behind that alarming event.
The party is interrupted by the arrival from the rioting streets outside of a wounded policeman stabbed by Leroy to revenge his Dad's arrest.
The first prize was for a play about the riots in Brixton : "A play with real life and energy" (John Mortimer).
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 Crime Punishment and Protest Through Time
1981 was a bit of a mad year.
One of her first acts was to give the police a pay rise before she started clamping down on trades unions.
However 1981 will be known for its long hot summer of riots, starting with Brixton in South London in April, and followed in July by Southall in West London, Toxteth in Liverpool, Moss Side in Manchester and finally St. Paul's in Bristol in December.
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 TIME.com: Soul Searching in Scorched Ruins -- Apr. 27, 1981 -- Page 1
In the House of Commons, Home Secretary William Whitelaw reported on a personal visit to Brixton, conducted during a lull in the rioting, and announced that a respected and nonpartisan peer, former Jurist Lord Scarman, would investigate the causes of the violence.
Among young fls in Brixton, the unemployment rate is 67%, compared with a 27% rate among Brixton youths in general.
A more immediate cause of the riots, according to many Brixtonians, was the provocative behavior of the overwhelmingly white British police force (only 286 fls and Asians belong to the 117,000-member police force in England and Wales).
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,924708,00.html   (723 words)

 Index: loans brixton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
History First recorded as Brixistane in 1067 (which means 'at the stone of Brihtsige'), Brixton remained mostly waste land...
Brixton in south London was an area of deep social and economic problems ?
Brixton, Lambeth, London SW9, comprehensive guide including Brixton...
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 1981: The Brixton riots | libcom.org
The following article is a personal account of the run-up to the anti-police riots in Brixton, South London, and the riots themselves.
Winter or summer there are always crowds of fls out on the Fronthne rapping, smoking, laughing, visibly occupying their social space.
(The worst I saw was Militant, with the headline 'Brixton Blame the Tories'.) Difficult to judge the atmosphere.
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 Jeff's Site - Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Meanwhile, on April 12th the Space Shuttle Columbia flown by Commander John W. Young and pilot by Robert L. Crippen, became the first shuttle to orbit the earth.
The Brixton riots which erupted on Monday April 13th, 1981 were the result of a build up of tension between police and white and fl inhabitants.
More riots were to occur later that year and, on later analysis, it appears they were more the result of socio-economic conditions rather than race.
www.geoffhook.com /archive/get_archive.cgi?image=1981/04/jeff140481   (143 words)

 rastafarian movement - Printer Friendly
There is no denying that Rastafari is a legitimate religion for legal purposes (with regard to religious freedom), as recognized in Jamaica, Great Britain, the United States, and other countries.
But it also establishes that the U.S. government is following an earlier action by the British government-after Rastafarian clashes with the British "Bulldogs" in 1977 in Handsworth, Birmingham, which led ultimately to the Brixton riot of 1981 in recognizing and protecting the religious liberty of Rastafarians.
In spite of Rastafari's religious character and the attempt to make it a reform Christian movement, it is neither a Christian nor an African traditional religion; it is a tertium quid, a different kind or religious species among New World (if not New Age) or nontraditional religions, one that is distinctly Caribbean.
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05 - Riots begin in the Toxteth district Liverpool.
The scrapping of 55006 begins (locomotive is cut up by the end of the month)
10 - Riots are rife in Birmingham, Preston, Wolverhampton, Hull and Ellesmere Port.
www.napierchronicles.co.uk /1981.htm   (807 words)

 jacobito: What's your favorite riot?
* 121 BC - Roman Election Riot of 121 BC * 113 BC - Roman Election Riot of 113 BC * 532 - Nika riots, (Constantinople) The deadliest riots in world history, with an estimated 30,000 killed in the Hippodome.
* 1947 - Jerusalem Riots of 1947, (Jerusalem)
* 1992 - Bombay Riots - Riots in the Indian City of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) after the demolition of Babri Masjid, Ayodhya.
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