On 23 April 1979 the anti-fascist campaigner, socialist and dedicated teacher, Blair Peach, was murdered by the cops at an anti-racist demonstration in Southall.
A witness, local resident Parminder Atwal, described what happened:
“As the police rushed past him, one of them hit him on the head with the stick. I was in my garden and I saw this quite clearly.
“When they all rushed past, he was left sitting against the wall. He tried to get up, but he was shivering and looked very strange. He couldn’t stand. Then the police came back and told him this: ‘Move! Come on, move!’
“They were very rough with him and I was shocked because it was clear he was seriously hurt.
“His tongue seemed stuck to the top of his mouth and his eyes were rolled up to the top of his head. But they started pushing him and told him to move and he managed to get to his feet.
“He staggered across the road and came to where I was in the garden. I tried to sit him down. He was in a very bad state and he couldn’t speak. Then he just dropped down. I got a glass of water for him, but he couldn’t hold it and it dropped out of his hand.”
All the above is from this excellent tribute in today’s Morning Star, by Chris Searle, their best writer.
As Hak Mao points out, the cops are still killers and liars.