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Thousands sign petition calling for an Orgreave inquiry

THOUSANDS of people have backed a demand for an Orgreave inquiry and an end to government lies and cover-ups.

More than 12,000 have signed a petition launched by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) calling on Home Secretary Priti Patel to instigate an inquiry.

Police attacked striking miners on June 18 1984, at a depot in Orgreave, Yorkshire, used to process fuel for the steel industry.

OTJC deputy chair Joe Rollin said successive Tory home secretaries — Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid and now Priti Patel — had “sidelined” OTJC requests for a meeting despite mounting evidence of police malpractice.

“Patel’s attempts to ignore the campaign are cowardly and unacceptable,” he said.

John Dunn, an ex-miner who was assaulted and arrested by police during the strike, slammed Ms Rudd, who decided against holding an inquiry into Orgreave when home secretary in 2016.

He said: “We know that Rudd’s spurious reasons for preventing an Orgreave inquiry was about dodging scrutiny. 

“It has also been recently confirmed that she chose to continue to protect the vile legacy of the Thatcher years rather than come clean about the cesspit of Tory government corruption and police malpractice.”

You can find the petition here: mstar.link/30mssVW.

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