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Orgreave – an English civil war


Political Review

“Avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.”

– Lao Tzu, The Art of War

Orgreave was the miners’ Hillsborough. The disaster of April 15, 1989, which left 96 football fans dead and 766 injured, was followed by a police cover-up which blamed the victims. The police riot of June 18, 1984, which left 51 miners injured and led to the arrest of 93, charged with riotous assembly, was followed by a police cover-up and the dismissal of all charges. Both events pointed the finger at South Yorkshire police.

What links the two is the way the police manipulated the media to prevent disclosure of the truth. As Mark George, QC, commented after the awards of compensation to miners for wrongful arrest: “. . . because no one was ever held to account for the lies told about the miners at Orgreave and the false account that was…

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