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New Cross Gate fire 40 years ago

'Black lives matter' anti-racism demonstrations, 3 June 2020

'Black lives matter' anti-racism demonstrations, 3 June 2020   (Click to enlarge)

Forty years ago, on 18 January, a fire started deliberately by suspected racists swept through a house where a 16th birthday party was being celebrated by young black people in New Cross Gate, south east London. 13 died and many were injured. But instead of pursuing the assailants, the police and establishment media blamed the fire on some teenagers attending the party. This was despite a series of earlier racist petrol bomb attacks in the area.

The outrage among the black community led to a large weekday protest demonstration on 2 March 1981 from New Cross to central London in which Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporters participated, and which shook the Thatcher Tory government.

An article on this historic march will appear in a future issue of the Socialist.

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In The Socialist 20 January 2021:


News

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels

Teachers: On the front line, in their own words

Peace and Justice Project - no way forward for socialism

Millionaire tendency regains control of Scottish Labour

News in Brief


Covid-19

The Tory blame game: scapegoating the working class - 100% pay for all now

Covid: Bosses chase profit and put workers in danger

Vaccine confidence - a worker's response

Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard


NHS

On the NHS front line


Black Lives Matter

Justice for Mohamud Hassan!

Police use Covid laws to intimidate BLM protesters

New Cross Gate fire 40 years ago


International News

USA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative

Trump Twitter ban: only independent workers' voice can defeat right


Workplace

PCS Broad Left Network conference

Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick factory future secured following strike action

Morrisons - 10/hr headline hides divisive pay offer

A day in the life of an agency worker

British Gas strike continues


Students

Refund student rent and fees

Plymouth rent strike continues

Scrap fees, refund rents and pay a living grant


Campaigns

London's May elections: Tories and Labour's Khan both vying to slash public services

Socialist Party national women's meeting

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Christmas Crossword Competition


Readers' Opinion

Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier


Obituary

Obituary - Jeff Edwards


 

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triangleEast London Socialist Party: A fighting programme for women's rights and socialism

Black:

triangleSwansea BLM protest against racist police brutality

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