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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 March 2017

Biggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners outside Home Office

photo Rob Williams

photo Rob Williams   (Click to enlarge)

Tim Jones, Sheffield North Socialist Party

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign held its biggest and noisiest demonstration yet outside the Home Office in London on 13 March in protest at Home Secretary Amber Rudd's decision not to hold a public inquiry into what took place on the 18 June 1984 - at the 'Battle of Orgreave'.

Many miners were arrested and falsely imprisoned by the state for nothing more than defending their communities and the right to work. Later they were acquitted at Sheffield Crown Court.

These charges were falsified - statements were pre-prepared and the officers were forced to sign the statements. For example Mark George QC received six statements made by six constables and these statements were identical.

Amber Rudd compared the state collusion after Orgreave to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Her remark "nobody died at Orgreave" was sickening.

So we organised the protest to emphasise we are not going away and we want to be heard.

Speakers at the demo included Labour MPs Andy Burnham and Diane Abbott. Another, Dennis Skinner, also attended.

The PCS samba band performed and we were joined by various other miscarriages of justice campaigns, including representatives of the Shrewsbury 24 campaign.

After the last speaker all supporters moved their banners to block the road for a short time, designed to humiliate Amber Rudd and recreate the road blocks used against striking miners in 1984-85.

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