1981: burning milk float barricade on Upper Parliament Street
2011: the same scene today
Riots are the voices of the unheard
– Martin Luther King Jr
Sunday 5 July, 1981. We live in a top floor flat on Canning Street in Liverpool 8. Around seven in the evening we need some milk, so I pop over to the little backstreet store just behind Falkner Square. Something seems to be going on; there are crowds of people milling around and a lot of noise – shouting and distant crashing sounds. Sudden flurries of people run past, running away from the direction of Upper Parliament Street. I say, ‘what’s happening?’ ‘There’s a riot. The bizzies are getting hammered’.
Disturbances had kicked off two days earlier, on the evening of Friday July 3rd when the police had attempted to arrest a young, black motorcyclist at the junction of Granby and Selbourne Street. An…
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