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Remembering the 1981 Riots

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.

1981 toxteth riots

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.

Your Memories?

What are your memories of 1981 Riots? Share them in the Comments section below.

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