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St Pauls Riots, police in road

St Pauls Riots, police in road


Police with riot shields stand in the road, during the St Pauls Riots, Bristol.

The riots in St Pauls, Bristol, in 1980 brought the area to national attention and were the first in a series of riots in large cities across the country

Contrary to popular belief, the riots in St Pauls were not strictly race riots. They were part of a long Bristol tradition of riotous action by the citys poor against perceived injustice which date back to the early 1700s at least

In 1980, both white and black youths were involved in a protest against heavy-handed policing There did seem to be a racial element as black youths felt that they were particularly singled out for unwarranted police attention.

With thanks to David Kirkpatrick for giving his permission to use this image.

Creator: David Kirkpatrick

Date: 1980

Copyright: Copyright David KirkPatrick

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