The Thatcher Crisis Years

An era of protest and fury

Southall 1981 riot

The 1981 Southall riot saw a clash between the Oi! skinhead subculture and local Asian youth in a district of London that was part of a summer of riots

The 1981 riots presented the news media of the time with a huge challenge covering live events around the country that sprang up at a moment’s notice

During the 1981 riots there were attempts by the media and politicians to blame left-wing agitators for the violence that erupted in UK cities