This video from Britain says about itself:
Jeremy Corbyn MP on the EU, UKIP and Orgreave
12 June 2015
Jeremy Corbyn is interviewed on the World at One on 12 June 2015 about the General Election 2015 result, austerity, the EU and the IPCC’s decision not to investigate what happened at Orgreave in 1984.
Corbyn for Labour party leader campaign news update, 15 June 2015: here.
OVER 700 trade unionists, former miners and determined supporters, demonstrated on Saturday in Sheffield to back the Orgreave Justice Campaign’s call for a full official inquiry into the police attack on thousands of striking miners at the Orgreave site 32 years ago: here.
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Wednesday 16th December 2014
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain
Campaigners present legal submission over police assault
DAMNING evidence was presented to the Home Office yesterday justifying calls for an inquiry into one of the 20th century’s most brutal acts of police violence against trade unionists — the Battle of Orgreave.
For three years the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign group (OTJC) has been amassing evidence and gathering testimonies which are included in a legal submission calling for an inquiry into the events of June 18 1984.
On that day, thousands of riot police attacked ranks of striking miners outside Orgreave coke depot near Rotherham, Yorkshire, as they were peacefully defending their jobs, pits and communities.
The Orgreave dossier included the work of a formidable legal team, comprising solicitor Gareth Pearce, Michael Mansfield QC and Henrietta Hill QC.
Campaigner Chris Peace, who presented the dossier, told the Star: “Obviously, they have not considered it yet.
“It’s a very substantial document which makes the case about what happened, evidence about the collapsed trials after Orgreave, the criminal compensation paid to miners, the fact that there were no prosecutions against police.”
The submission asks Home Secretary Theresa May to set up either an independent panel of inquiry into the violence at Orgreave, similar to the one that investigated the Hillsborough disaster, or a public inquiry.
Initially, the Orgreave campaigners wanted an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
But after almost three years, the IPCC finally said it had been unable to locate vital documents, including police operational orders drawn up in advance of June 18 1984.
The IPCC report cited the “historic nature” of events as another reason why it was unwilling to conduct a further investigation, but it also detailed a cover-up by senior South Yorkshire Police officers of malpractice which they knew had taken place.
The police attacks left hundreds of miners battered and bloodied, and 95 miners arrested, though prosecution cases against them were abandoned after police collusion in preparing evidence was discovered.
Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka has written to Ms May supporting the inquiry call, arguing that there was an “overwhelming case for a rigorous, impartial and public inquiry.”
Solidarity group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners also backs the call.
Wednesday 16th December 2015
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
THERESA MAY says she will “carefully consider” the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign’s submission yesterday calling for an inquiry into the brutal police assault on miners of June 18 1984.
The case for a full public investigation has been stronger than ever since the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded last summer it lacked the resources to carry one out.
That day’s terrible events will never be erased from the memories of those who participated in or supported the great miners’ strike of 1984-5.
But for many of the hundreds of thousands who are new to the left, having been inspired to become activists by this year’s Labour Party renaissance, they might seem like ancient history.
The IPCC also argued that too much time had passed for the infamous Battle of Orgreave to merit a full investigation. But this is an occasion on which we cannot let the state off the hook.
The massive, unprovoked charge by mounted police officers who brutally beat striking miners with their truncheons bears all the hallmarks of a pre-planned attack on a perfectly legal mass picket.
The fact that the BBC then reversed footage of the incident, allowing millions of viewers to believe that the miners had attacked the police when the opposite was the truth, demonstrated the depths of Establishment connivance at the demonisation of workers who were fighting to save their jobs and communities.
Police then attempted to fit up 95 pickets on trumped-up charges, including riotous assembly — which carried a potential life sentence. The charges collapsed when brought to court in 1987, with evidence exposed as having been written up weeks after the events and in many cases fabricated.
The same police force was to reprise its talent for concocting false evidence five years later after the Hillsborough disaster.
That catastrophe has rightly been looked into by an independent panel inquiry with full disclosure of documents. But the victims of Orgreave are still waiting for the truth.
The IPCC admits it was unable to locate a whole series of relevant documents, including the operational orders drawn up by police in advance which might shed light on who planned the attack and who should be held responsible.
Orgreave remains an object lesson for the left. To paraphrase socialist author Mark Steel: “The police aren’t neutral. The press isn’t fair.”
Over the past decade more and more evidence has emerged on the dark side of the British state.
We’ve seen an entirely innocent man, Jean Charles de Menezes, shot dead by police and then smeared by a force more concerned with covering up its crimes than accounting for them.
Another barrage of police lies followed the death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson after being shoved to the ground by an officer who attacked him from behind as he was walking home. Had it not been for video footage taken by protesters against the 2009 G20 summit these might have gone undetected.
More recently we learned the extent of police collusion in creating false evidence at Hillsborough and the extraordinary depravity that saw undercover officers spying on peaceful activists and starting sexual relationships with them, using identities stolen from dead children.
The government has used the threat from terrorists such as the genocidal butchers of Isis to constantly increase its ability to snoop on and intimidate people.
But state power is not merely — or even mainly — used to protect citizens. It can and will be used against us. This is more relevant than ever as the labour movement gears up to resist the draconian Trade Union Bill.
It’s important we’re prepared. That’s why we need a public inquiry into what happened that day in Orgreave — so everybody knows what the British government is capable of.
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Thursday 21st July 2016
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain
IPCC sees no clash with Hillsborough inquiry, PM goes quiet
AN INQUIRY into Orgreave must be launched “today” after the government was accused of deliberately misleading Parliament by stating that the police watchdog had advised that it would interfere with the Hillsborough probe.
The government said the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which investigated Orgreave, advised that a public inquiry into Orgreave would interfere with an investigation into the football stadium disaster in 1989, in which 96 Liverpool supporters died.
But an IPCC spokesman said: “The IPCC has not taken or offered any position on whether there should be a public inquiry into the events at Orgreave during the miners’ strike.
“That is a decision that is entirely a matter for the Home Secretary.”
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said this “somewhat unexpected” announcement meant the inquiry would be “substantially delayed” and demanded it be launched immediately.
New Home Secretary Amber Rudd responded by offering to meet Orgreave campaigners to discuss launching a public inquiry into the brutal police attack on striking miners in 1984.
The approach came yesterday as Prime Minister Theresa May sidestepped Jeremy Corbyn’s first question to her in the House of Commons, seeking information on the need for an inquiry into the infamous incident during the 1984-5 strike against pit closures.
Mr Corbyn quoted her own words of last week when she talked of “fighting … burning injustice.”
He said: “Yet her last act as home secretary was to shunt the Orgreave inquiry into the long grass,” referring to a decision by Ms May to forbid a public inquiry into the Orgreave scandal, which still rankles in Britain’s former mining communities.
Ms May refused to answer, saying: “I think the shadow home secretary has an urgent question on that this afternoon, to which the Home Secretary will be responding.”
Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign chairman Joe Rollin told the Morning Star yesterday: “We were really disappointed in what Theresa May did as her last act as home secretary before becoming Prime Minister.
“However, with the support of Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and our solicitor Gareth Pearce we have been able to put pressure on the government to change their minds.
“Home Secretary Amber Rudd has written to us today and has asked for a meeting with us immediately after Parliament resumes in September.
“Our campaign will continue. There is no reason we should be log-jammed by the Hillsborough investigation.”
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