Southall Riots

In the late 70s and early 80s, there were two major civil disturbances that changed race relations for British Indians. Both were in Southall, in reaction to right-wing provocation. A new generation of community leaders and British-born Asians were tired of the stereotype of being humble victims, unwilling to stand up for themselves against an increasingly vocal, and politically potent, right-wing. These two clips show those events. The first is the Southall Riots of 1979, in reaction to an NF rally being held in Southall. The second is the Burning of the Hambrough Tavern when a right-wing band played there, with large numbers of skinheads causing trouble in the town.