HUNDREDS of noisy protesters are expected at the Home Office in London on Monday to demand a public inquiry into the notorious police attack on striking miners at Orgreave during the 1984-85 miners’ strike.
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) has organised the Make Some Noise For Orgreave protest to step up its demand for a public inquiry into the attack by 6,000 cavalry and riot police on peaceful pickets at the Orgreave coking depot on June 18 1984.
The protest has the backing of unions including Unite, Unison, PCS and BFAWU.
Monday’s protest has been given added impetus by the release this week of Cabinet papers revealing the Thatcher regime’s secret determination 30 years ago not to have police behaviour during the miners’ strike investigated — a policy being continued by current Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who has also refused to instigate an inquiry.
OTJC chair Joe Rollin said: “People have spent decades waiting and campaigning for the truth to come out and we will carry on campaigning until justice is established.”
Kevin Horne, a miner arrested at Orgreave and member of OTJC, said: “The Home Office files currently being released give us a fraction of the narrative. Only a full inquiry will help us to properly construct and achieve the truth we all need and deserve.”
The protest outside the Home Office in Marsham Street starts at 2pm.