Socialist Worker

Notting Hill Carnival is under threat

Issue No. 2265

Police and the local council have demanded “changes” to the Notting Hill Carnival to avoid a ban.

In the backlash after the riots they see a chance to further remove the carnival from its origins.

They have called for the carnival to finish earlier and to avoid playing “potentially provocative songs”.

The carnival was launched as a defiant response to race riots against black people in the late 1950s. In 1976 police cracked down on what was then a 250,000-strong event that did not accept their authority.

Young people at the carnival fought back, forcing the police into a humiliating retreat.

Ever since police have been trying to weaken and reduce the street festival.


If you enjoy Socialist Worker, please consider giving to our annual appeal to make sure we can maintain and develop our online and print versions of Socialist Worker. Go here for details and to donate.

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.