Brixton bomb remembered

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Brixton bomb memorialMembers of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign took part yesterday (17 April) in their annual commemoration of the 1999 Brixton nail bomb attack.

It was the first of three bombs planted by neo-nazi David Copeland. Nobody died in the Brixton attack, but he placed two more on bombs on 24 and 30 April of that year (hence the name of the campaign). The last killed three people.

Copeland chose his targets hoping to kill Black, Asian and gay people. He is serving six life sentences with a minimum term of 50 years.

The campaigners lit three candles representing the three communities attacked and spoke to passers-by about what happened, taking a moment to hold a minute’s silence.

They keep an archive of the Brixton commemoration.

Photographer Brigitte Boldly took photographs at the event for a photographic installation that will highlight the experiences of people who have suffered hate crime.

It will be part of the “we R” exhibition from 21 June to 3 July this year at Espacio Gallery in east London.admiral Duncan bomb

 

About the Author

Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. He works out of an office in St Matthews and before that the Bon Marché. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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