Brixton, Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin: The spectre of social revolt

Thirty years ago this summer over 40 British towns and cities were hit by a wave of social revolts as young people –often black but also white, mainly working class – fought back against police racism and repression. In Toxteth, Liverpool, police deployed CS gas for the first time in mainland Britain after almost losing control of the city. The following article, first published in WR 38 in May 1981, analyses the international significance of these events as a response by young people.

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