Black community marking Brixton riots' 30th anniversary

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Burning police van
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The riots were London's worst disorder in a century

Community activists have marked the 30th anniversary of the Brixton riots with a series of events in south London.

April 1981 saw three days of disorder after frustration with police tactics in the black community came to a head.

It led to a public inquiry and a new era of policing, which saw the Metropolitan Police attempting to engage with minority communities.

Footage of the riots was played in Windrush Square, Brixton on Sunday.

Members of the public who lived through the event discussed their memories of the disorder.

The event also included a debate on how Brixton has recovered from 1981 and a look ahead to its future.

Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, whose verses contain descriptions of alleged police brutality during the 1980s, performed.

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