Britain: Round 2 at the Pits

On one side stood 3,300 police, armed with truncheons and riot shields. On the other was a crowd of about 6,500 striking coal miners and their supporters, attempting to blockade the Orgreave coking works near Sheffield. Among the demonstrators was Arthur Scargill, the combative president of the National Union of Mineworkers, nursing a head injury. "All I know," said Scargill, "is that these bastards rushed in and this guy hit the back of my head with a riot shield." Not so, countered South Yorkshire Assistant Chief Constable Tony Clement, who said that Scargill...

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