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The Battle of Orgreave

Recreating the climactic clash of the 1984 miners' strike

63 min documentary

PEOPLE TO PEOPLE: The BATTLE FOR ORGREAVE

 

 

"The Battle of Orgreave is the name given to a confrontation between police and picketing miners at a British Steel coking plant in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, in 1984, during the UK miners' strike.

In 1991, South Yorkshire police were forced to pay out half a million pounds to 39 miners who were arrested in the events at the Battle of Orgreave.


The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) organised a mass picket of Orgreave for June 18, 1984, with the intention of blockading the plant, and ideally forcing its temporary closure.

Aware of the plans by means of MI5 infiltration, the police organised counter-measures.


The NUM was represented by 5,000 to 6,000 pickets from across the UK. The police deployed between 4,000 and 8,000 officers, and were deployed from 10 counties.

Of these, a small number had been trained in new riot tactics following the Toxteth and Brixton riots, while most had little or no experience in dealing with such events.

There were between 40 and 50 mounted police and 58 police dogs. There were no women officers and only a handful of female picketers.


Unlike most of the strikes of the time, where picketers were kept well away from their intended positions, the strikers were escorted to a field to the north of the Orgreave plant.

The field was flanked by police on all sides except the south, where the Sheffield to Worksop railway line runs. Opinion is divided as to whether this was a deliberate arrangement."- Battle of Orgreave

6 June 1984 In this film we witness the violent struggle of miners trying to save their jobs in what became one of the biggest public disturbances this country has ever seen.