Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Orgreave – No Justice, No Peace

Orgreave 35th Anniversary Rally, Saturday 15th June 2019, 1:00pm

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) Anniversary march and rally will take place this year on Saturday 15th June at Orgreave Lane, Sheffield S13 9NE at 1:00pm with a number of high profile speakers and supporters.

Supporters are encouraged to bring along banners, placards, drums, whistles, friends and family! We will continue to show the Government we will not be silenced! Led by the Unite Brass Band we will march through Orgreave. 

The  OTJC is continuing its call for the Conservative Government to implement a public inquiry into the organised brutal attacks by the police on Miners at the Orgreave coking plant on 18th June 1984. We need to put an end to the injustice experienced by Miners and our communities over the last 35 years.

Kevin Horne, OTJC activist and miner arrested at Orgreave said:

“Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, should have the decency to acknowledge previous Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s miscalculation and now commission an inquiry into police brutality at Orgreave. The truth will eventually come out and trying to conceal the facts clearly highlights that only a government with something to hide would prevent an inquiry”

Secretary of the OTJC, Kate Flannery said:

“The government has turned down our call for a public inquiry and has rejected a request from the Bishop of Sheffield to set up an Orgreave Independent Panel. We will carry on fighting for truth and justice. When the state has brutally attacked ordinary people, those in power have always covered up the truth as they did at Peterloo 200 years ago and have done many times since. We will ensure that the truth will come out about Orgreave” 

Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament, Neil Findlay said: 

“Last year, Scotland finally secured an independent review of Policing during the 1984-5 miners’ strike due to the unrelenting efforts of ex-miners working with supporters including me. It is only right that Sajid Javid declares a full public inquiry, into what happened at Orgreave on 18th June 1984. Ex-miners, and those who come from mining communities will then have an opportunity to come forward to present evidence and seek justice. The Tory Government cannot delay any longer – we need to know the truth.”

The OTJC are also involved in other commemorative events throughout the year. 

Over the next two weeks we have an event organised at the Manchester People’s History Museum – From Peterloo to Orgreave – on Thursday 13th June and an event organised with Sheffield University at Sheffield Kelham Island Museum on Tuesday 18th June – Barry Hines – After the Strike.

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Notes to editors:

Link to information about Orgreave and the OTJC

Link to OTJC web page Anniversary Rally information 

Link to information about the Scottish Review of policing during the miners’ strike

https://www.gov.scot/groups/independent-review-policing-miners-strike/

Link to ‘From Peterloo to Orgreave’ People’s History Museum Event

Link to ‘After the Strike’ Sheffield University Event

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/after-the-strike-barry-hines-tickets-62249268237