That the babylon cause such a friction, That it bring about a great insurrection, And it spread all over the nation

 

It was April 1981,
Down in the ghetto of Brixton,
That the babylon cause such a friction,
That it bring about a great insurrection,
And it spread all over the nation

It was truly an historical occasion
It was the event of the year
And I wish I had been there
When we ran riot all over Brixton
When we mash up plenty police van…
When we mash up the Swamp ‘81

Thirty years ago this weekend Brixton exploded in the middle of Operation Swamp 81 – a police operaation that saw almost 950 mainly black young people stopped and searched in the area. It was the start of a period that saw uprisings up and down the country, reaching a peak in July 1981… » History is made at night.

 

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