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Southall ’79, when the police killed Blair Peach

Southall ’79, when the police killed Blair Peach The Nazi National Front came to the heart of the Asian community in West London on 23 April 1979. They wanted to humiliate but instead provoked rebellion. Rampaging police arrested scores, injured many and murdered Blair Peach. Tomáš Tengely-Evans looks back at the crucial battle

35 years since they murdered Blair Peach, cops still get away with murder

On 23 April 1979 the fascist National Front (NF) called a public meeting in Southall town hall, west London.The meeting was in support of its general election candidate J Fairhurst.

NUT conference: Blair Peach award

The Blair Peach award was given out for the first time at this year’s NUT conference. Fittingly, the award was made on the 32nd anniversary of Blair’s death, on Saturday 23 April.


Letters Letters

Official: cops murdered anti-racist Blair Peach

Official: cops murdered anti-racist Blair Peach Anti-Nazi protester Blair Peach was "almost certainly" killed by police during a demonstration against the National Front in Southall, west London, in 1979.

Blair Peach coroner’s bias

The incredible bias of the coroner in the Blair Peach case is revealed in new documents.

Police report into death of Blair Peach may finally be released

15 December 2009
The report into the death of Anti Nazi League and Socialist Workers Party member Blair Peach in 1979 got a step closer to seeing the light of day this week.

Open the Blair Peach files

06 October 2009
The Metropolitan Police carried out a secret inquiry ten years ago into the death of anti-Nazi teacher Blair Peach in Southall in 1979, it has been revealed.

Police to release report into death of Blair Peach

30 June 2009
The police report into the death of anti-racist campaigner and Socialist Workers Party member Blair Peach should finally be published more than 30 years after he was killed at an Anti-Nazi League demonstration in Southall, west London.

Blair Peach: killed by police

21 April 2009
Monday 23 April 1979 was a stormy day in west London. Schools were still on Easter holiday. Ealing’s arterial Uxbridge Road was strangely quiet because the buses were on strike, as were many food and textile factories.

‘Southall was under state occupation’ the day Blair Peach died

21 April 2009
When the Nazi NF announced that that they were to hold a general election meeting at Southall town hall people in the area were sickened.

Bias revelations in Blair Peach case

09 September 2006
There is new evidence that a Tory government suppressed documents showing the coroner in the inquest into the death of Blair Peach on a 1979 Anti Nazi League demonstration was biased.

"Police hit him with a lead-filled cosh" - 25 years since Blair Peach died

01 May 2004
"As the police rushed past him, one of them hit him on the head with the stick. I was in my garden and saw this quite clearly. He was left sitting against the wall. He tried to get up, but he was shivering and looked very strange. He couldn't stand. Then the police came back and told him, 'Move! Come on, move!' They were very rough with him and I was shocked because it was clear he was seriously hurt."

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