Riots erupted in many of the UK inner cities during the summer of 1981. Brixton in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester… and Toxteth, Liverpool.
In Liverpool the UK Police used CS Gas on citizens for the first time on the British mainland.
The riots were largely caused by a combination of social deprivation and distrust of the police and authority.
Most of the riot districts had large ethnic minority communities.
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