Gouri Sharma // Blair Peach’s death 40 years ago followed the killing of a schoolboy – two murders that ignited an anti-racist struggle.

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/british-asians-fought-fascism-seventies-190422214638024.html?fbclid=IwAR1CkXgLTXG15ARProKnGp1C94RKCimeUBJF7OWycOsg3KbOc0ZpbA4vKrY // The Southall Asian Youth Movement was a group of mostly young Asian men from the area.

In the months that followed Chaggar’s murder, they campaigned for more rights and an end to racial hate crimes and police brutality.

The movement led to similar action in other cities, including Bradford, Manchester and Sheffield – together they would come to be known as the Asian Youth Movements (AYMs).

But three years later, little had changed in Southall.

The far-right National Front group announced a meeting in the area on April 23, 1979. Police ignored pleas to cancel the gathering, which the community considered provocative, and a large anti-fascist march was planned for the day.

Various accounts attest to the police violence in clashes that followed.

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