Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Haunting images of the 1984/85 British miners strike. We should never forget the brave men and women who stood up to the Thatcher Government. And never forgive the police who brutalised the working class men and women.
30 years ago they had been on strike for about 9 months and were ready to face Christmas on strike. The propoganda from the government, Coal Board and the police was relentless. Many were suffering real hardship. But were to stand solid for a further 3 months. With friendship and solidarity, despite the unbelieavable significant hardship and relentless harassment they refused to be broken. United by struggle, united by belief, generating images of strike action that remain powerful today
It was difficult to get by at any point in the strike, but it is difficult for anyone who was not there to imagine what Christmas was like for the many mining communities, as parents relied on their unions, charity and the goodwill of strangers miles away for presents for their kids.
The bitter legacy of Thatcher is that 20,000 people die in the UK every winter because they cannot afford heat, yet the very industry that could have sustained people was crushed, and closed down. Resulting in 20,000 people dying every year in the past 30 years because of Margeret Thatchers's cruel twisted policies. Lest we forget
Notice the boarded up fireplace.
Posted by teifidancer at 13:22