Battle of Orgreave
Courts ‘Don’t Even Say Sorry’ over Bloody Clash

David Michael Wilson, one of 95 charged with rioting and unlawful assembly, during the Battle of Orgreave strike describe the police brutality he experienced during that infamous day on June 18, 1984. The bloody clash between the South Yorkshire police and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) over pit closures at a British Steel coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire led to 93 arrests and 51 picketers and 72 policemen injured. Cops with riot shields and attack dogs beat miners with batons as miners stoned the police; it is remembered as one of the bloodiest confrontations of the 1984-1985 Miners’ Strike in the United Kingdom.

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