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Published on Jan 24, 2008
Documentary about the Southall Riots 1979. An extreme right-wing organization chose Southall Town Hall to hold its St George's Day election meeting. The area has one of the country's biggest Asian communities, who along with anti-racism demonstrators, tried to make their way to the town hall but were blocked by police. In the confrontation that followed, more than 40 people, including 21 police, were injured, and 300 were arrested. Bricks and bottles were hurled at police, who described the rioting as the most violent they have handled in London. Blair Peach, a New Zealand-born member of the Anti-Nazi League and teacher for special needs children in east London, was killed. Witnesses said his injuries were caused by police baton blows.(bbc)