National Front demonstration, Lewisham - photograph

Description:
On August 13 1977, anti-racist demonstrators met in Lewisham to confront National Front supporters who planned to march through the multi-racial area. In May of that year, increasing support for the National Front in London had been evident in the Greater London Council election results. The party gained 119,000 votes. The counter-demonstration brought Black and White people together in defiance of the right wing march. Appeals for peaceful dispersal were disregarded as demonstrators clashed on New Cross Road and Lewisham High Street. During the ensuing violence, missiles were thrown and 56 police officers were injured. Riot shields were used for the first time on the British mainland, and 214 amongst the anti-racists were arrested.
Production Date:
August 1977
ID no:
MoL_IN7174
Object Size:
whole: 255 x 204 mm
Maker:
Rice, Jim
Copyright:
�� Jim Rice, www.londonphoto.co.uk

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