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Flames of revolt in France—ten years after the riots

03 November 2015
What triggered the revolts, and what was the court’s verdict on these events?

Cherry Groce's family to sue the Met police

11 August 2015
Cherry Groce's family, who her shooting led to the Brixton riots 1985, to sue the Metropolitan Police for the damage caused to them after she was paralysed

Thatcher's downfall - 25 years since the poll tax riot

31 March 2015
The anti poll tax riot in 1990 helped oust Margaret Thatcher. The movement also struck a blow against everyone who said it was impossible to fight back, argues Sadie Robinson

Let's finish the fight for LGBT liberation that the Stonewall riots kickstarted

10 February 2015
The Stonewall Riots of 1969 heralded the birth of the fight for LGBT liberation in the US and Britain says Ellie May. 

Little Revolution: Riot play shines a light on the class divide in British society

09 September 2014
Voices from people in Hackney make Little Revolution, about the 2011 riots, an antidote to those who dismissed them as ‘criminality’, argues Brian Richardson

Cops knew of 'failings' within months of Cherry Groce’s shooting

15 July 2014
Police failings contributed to the death of Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, an inquest jury has found.

Nicky Jacobs trial: 'It was a matter of any black man will do' says Winston Silcott

15 April 2014
Nicky Jacobs was found not guilty of the murder of PC Keith Blakelock last week. One of the Tottenham Three, Winston Silcott, spoke to Annette Mackin about the system’s racism

Court in Nicky Jacobs trial hears that officer 'overlooked lies' about Blakelock murder

01 April 2014
A police officer was accused of overlooking “glaring inconsistencies and blatant lies” about PC Keith Blakelock’s murder.

Shameful media attack on grieving Duggan family

14 January 2014
After the jury returned its conclusion of “lawful killing” sections of the media immediately launched a poisonous assault on Mark Duggan and his family.

Police shot unarmed Mark Duggan, but his killing 'lawful'

14 January 2014
The family of Mark Duggan reacted with shock and fury to the decision of an inquest jury into his killing by police on Wednesday of last week. 

Questions over how gun was 'thrown'

14 January 2014
The jury ruled by nine to one that it was more likely than not that Mark threw a gun to where one was found 7.34 metres away from where he was shot.

Mark's killer gets to keep his police gun

14 January 2014
Armed police officers have shot and killed 54 people in England and Wales in the last 23 years. The Metropolitan Police has been responsible for 21 of those killings. 

Officer who shot Mark Duggan was in ‘an extreme rage’

15 October 2013
The taxi driver who was driving Mark Duggan before police shot him has said that the cops were behaving as though “they had come to hunt someone”.

Did Duggan cop plant gun?

24 September 2013
A witness into the shooting of Mark Duggan is to tell the inquest into his death that she saw police “plant” a gun near the site of the shooting. Police shot and killed Mark in August 2011. The witness is known as Miss J. She claims that she saw an officer take a gun from a shoebox in a minicab and put it on the grass metres away from where Mark’s body was lying.

Harsher sentences for rioters

30 July 2013
Judges and magistrates were directed to ignore sentencing guidelines for those accused of involvement in the riots of the summer of 2011.

Young people in Sweden revolt against austerity and racism

28 May 2013
Åsa Hjalmers reports on the riots that have shaken Sweden’s capital Stockholm over the past week

Victory in deportation right to stay

07 May 2013
Two people who took part in the 2011 riots have successfully fought against deportation.

Justice for Mark Duggan

31 July 2012
The police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham sparked riots on 4 August 2011 when local people went to the police station to demand answers.

Mark Duggan probe delay

13 December 2011
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the shooting of Mark Duggan won’t be finished until April 2012.

Revealed: August riots were motivated by anger at police

06 December 2011
When riots broke out in August, the Tories and the press rushed to explain them away. It was just looting by gang members, they declared, or "criminality, pure and simple" as David Cameron put it.

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