HUNDREDS of “ghouls and ghosts” marched through the streets of Sheffield last night demanding justice for striking miners battered by police at the so-called Battle of Orgreave 33 years ago.
Onlookers to the spectacular display saw participants wear fancy dress, fire jugglers, and a samba band leading the march with a coffin symbolising the “death of justice” for victims of the barbaric police attack in June 1984, when police battered picketing strikers outside Orgreave coke depot near Rotherham during the miners’ strike against pit closures.
A rally at Sheffield’s law courts followed the march.
This Halloween marks the first anniversary of the day on which Tory Home Secretary Amber Rudd performed a U-turn by announcing that no public inquiry would be held into the infamous and violent attack.
Ms Rudd had promised an inquiry but reneged after pressure from Tory mandarins and the right-wing media.
Craig Mansell, a miner arrested at Orgreave, said: “A year ago Amber Rudd and the Conservative government shamefully chose not to opt for truth and justice in relation to Orgreave.
“What have this government got to hide and why are they covering up for the wrongdoings of the past?”
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign is determined that there will be an inquiry, and that government complicity in the police attack will be exposed.
Campaign secretary Barbara Jackson said: “Recently released papers highlight government involvement in the strike.
“The arduous task of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign trying to obtain information, with many papers relating to Orgreave not due for release until 2066, makes a mockery of our judicial system, suggesting the police and government can behave with impunity.”