We want to riot, not to work: The 1981 Brixton uprisings

Pamphlet reflecting on the 1981 anti-police riots in Brixton by the Riot Not To Work Collective. Gratefully taken from the fabulous Red Notes.

Submitted by Ed on September 19, 2006

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Samotnaf

13 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by Samotnaf on April 11, 2011

30 years on today...Always loved this photo(the one that appears if you roll down about a third of the way - the one that shows of the methods of rolling over the economy). Anybody got other recollections (for those of us over 38)?

wojtek

10 years 12 months ago

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Submitted by wojtek on June 4, 2013

I tried to upload put the pamphlet in its entirety (PDF), but it's not playing so you can download the pamphlet from Red Notes here.

Steven.

10 years 12 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on June 5, 2013

wojtek

I tried to upload put the pamphlet in its entirety (PDF), but it's not playing so you can download the pamphlet from Red Notes here.

thanks, it wouldn't upload because the file is too big, our maximum is 64 MB. If you could split the PDF into two and upload it into parts that would be great! (Google "split PDF" to do this)

if you don't have time I will try to do this at some point in the next few days

R Totale

4 years ago

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Submitted by R Totale on May 7, 2020

See here for a contemporary anarchist review of this pamphlet: http://libcom.org/library/direct-action-09-1982

lurdan

4 years ago

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Submitted by lurdan on May 12, 2020

R Totale

See here for a contemporary anarchist review of this pamphlet

The review says two London Anarchist printers were raided because of this pamphlet. Two printers were indeed raided simultaneously in April 1982, however that wasn't the reason. (It was actually because of something else being printed by the one which wasn't printing this pamphlet).

Here's a smaller PDF of this in one file :
file link

R Totale

4 years ago

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Submitted by R Totale on May 12, 2020

Thanks! Out of curiosity, can you say what the raids were about, or is the relevant publication still under some kind of a super-injunction?

lurdan

4 years ago

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Submitted by lurdan on May 12, 2020

R Totale

Thanks! Out of curiosity, can you say what the raids were about, or is the relevant publication still under some kind of a super-injunction?

I was present when Little @, which printed this pamphlet, was raided. The raid wasn't much of a raid in all truth. After an initial look round the ATB seemed to be waiting for orders. These came and they left. They expressed no especial interest in anything they saw, or anything we were doing, and the purpose of their visit was unclear. Light only dawned when we learned that someone else had been working on a reprint of a well-known 'instruction manual'.

Fozzie

4 years ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on May 13, 2020

The raids are mentioned in Black Flag and Freedom from the time:

Cover:
https://libcom.org/library/black-flag-vol-06-11-may-1982

P4: https://freedomnews.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Freedom-1982-04-17.pdf

Cover: https://freedomnews.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Freedom-1982-05-01.pdf

The last one is interesting. Includes someone who went to Freedom bookshop as a punter getting a visit from Special Branch at work.

R Totale

4 years ago

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Submitted by R Totale on May 13, 2020

Yeah, the early 80s DAs I've been going through have a few mentions of street sellers of anarchist papers getting hassle as well - I was trying to think whether that's less common these days, and then realised that there's probably just not enough street papersellers for it to be remotely comparable. Also, perhaps a derail, but interesting to see that Black Flag also mentions police raids in Frankfurt aimed against "the Schwarzer Block organisation".

Fozzie

4 years ago

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Submitted by Fozzie on May 13, 2020

Worth mentioning that Past Tense repubished "We Want To Riot Not To Work" recently also:
https://www.activedistributionshop.org/shop/pamphlets-booklets/3645-we-want-to-riot-not-to-work.html