A critical moment in the Great Miners’ Strike came on 18 June 1984 when police attacked miners picketing the Orgreave coking plant near Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Police concocted a story claiming that the miners had attacked them. The mainstream media went along with this deception. The BBC even altered the order of its news footage to back the police story.
South Yorkshire Police pulled the same trick five years later in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, blaming the 96 deaths on the behaviour of the fans rather than their own contempt for working class lives.
Now as their lies over Hillsborough are finally unravelling, attention is again turning to what happened at Orgreave. A BBC documentary has obtained statements from 100 officers at Orgreave, and presents evidence of collusion between them.
The acclaimed photographer John Sturrock documented the Battle of Orgreave for Socialist Worker. Below are a selection of his pictures from the day. Next week’s Socialist Worker will carry an in-depth article by Mike Simons on the events at Orgreave and their legacy today.
Pictures by John Sturrock, www.johnsturrock.co.uk