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Police can't stop Notting Hill Carnival

Issue No. 2217

The Notting Hill Carnival passed off peacefully. More than a million people attended, but the best the police could manage was fewer than 200 arrests.

This followed a month of their heavy-handed “Operation Razorback' – with scare stories in the London media, dawn raids and harrassment of young black men.

Yet, in relative terms, there were about three times the number of arrests at the Reading Festival that ran over the same weekend. But no other festival is policed the way Notting Hill is.

That is because the carnival grew out of resistance to racist attacks and in defiance of heavy policing.

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Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2217
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