“I know who they are. You don’t need to.”
December 21, 2014 4:18 AM Subscribe
I was surprised when I saw this photograph in a colour supplement a few days after the demonstration. It was captioned “A West End shopper argues with a protester”, but that’s not what happened at all: I was trying to calm him down. I wrote to tell them truth, and to my astonishment they published my letter.The truth behind one of the more famous photos taken during the 1990 London Poll Tax Riot.
The Poll Tax was infamously what brought down Margaret Thatcher, a per adult flat rate tax that was the intended replacement for the old local government domestic rates, but much more regressive than those. First introduced in Scotland in 1989, against mass protest and mass refusal to comply with it. The introduction in England and Wales led again to mass protests, which culminated in the demonstration in Trafalgar Square in which some 200,000 people took part. This started peaceful until the police started attacking it.
The Battle of Trafalgar documentary.
Libcom eyewitness accounts of the poll tax riot.
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