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St Pauls Riots

St Pauls Riots


St Pauls Riots. Police form a barrier during the riots in St Pauls, Bristol, 1980.

The riots in St Pauls 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.

Photographs reproduced by kind permission of the Evening Post.

Date: 1980

Copyright: Copyright Bristol Evening Post

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