July 11, 2011: ‘Self-Defence is No Offence!’ 30th Anniversary of the Bradford 12

Commemoration in London: 23rd July 2011

Place: SOAS, School of Oriental and African Studies

10:30 am – 5:30 am

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2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the first major national youth rebellion in this country.

July 11, 1981 saw the event that led to the arrest and charging of the Bradford 12 on terrorist charges.  The Bradford 12 were members/supporters of the recently formed United Black Youth League who had marched during the day through Manningham to defend their community from attack by the extreme right National Front.

The people of Bradford and justice loving people from across the country, refused to accept the criminalisation of the youth who had stood up to defend the city.

Following a strong national and international campaign the Bradford 12 were acquitted and the principle of the right to organised self-defense, including the use of weapons for this purpose was established.

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