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Justice Conference with Andy Burnham

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) is attending a Justice Conference organised by Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary, at Portcullis House, Westminster, Tuesday 9th February

There are still 8 places left on the free mini bus leaving the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, S1 at 9am on this date. We aim to get to our destination for 1pm and should return to Sheffield by about 8pm.  If you want to be part of this day please email Barbara at ogreavejustice@hotmail.com to reserve a place. Places will be on a first come basis and your commitment to be there must be a firm one.

 

OTJC legal submission – Media round-up

Ex-miner speaks the truth

Ex miner, John Dunn speaks of his experiences 31 years ago at the press conference at the NUM’s headquarters in Barnsley. John’s words illustrate injustice and unlawful behaviour. Let’s hope his speech will help a little in the efforts to gain justice and truth for miners and their communities.

The fight continues

A gallery of images from yesterday’s press conference at the NUM in Barnsley, in response to the IPCC announcement that there will be no investigation into events at Orgreave during the Miners’ Strike.

No justice, no peace

This article by Hajera Blagg orginally appeared on UniteLive.

Chris Skidmore, Arthur Critchelow, Granville Williams and Joe Rollin with the IPCC report at yesterday's press conference.

Chris Skidmore, Arthur Critchelow, Granville Williams and Joe Rollin with the IPCC report at yesterday’s press conference.

Campaign group defiant as IPCC rules out Orgreave investigation.

Campaigners from the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign (pictured) called a press conference today (June 12) in response to the announcement by the Independent Police Complaints Commission that it would not further investigate the brutal clash between South Yorkshire police and striking miners over 30 years ago.

Known as the Battle of Orgreave, the clash resulted in excessive police violence while picketing miners were attempting to prevent supplies leaving a coking plant in Rotherham.

Afterwards, police were accused of manipulating statements and providing false information in courts.

Today, the IPCC ruled out an inquiry into the police assaults on miners and the resulting fallout, because, it said, too much time had passed since the incident.

At the press conference, chaired by Unite organiser Joe Rollin, the Orgreave Truth and Justice campaign (OTJC) expressed their frustration but said they remained staid in their resolve to continue their fight for a full public inquiry.

“The fact that the IPCC, described – rightly in our view – by many prominent individuals as ‘not fit for purpose’, is stepping aside on Orgreave affairs will not therefore be deterring the OTJC from continuing its campaign,” the campaign group said in a statement. “OTJC notes that the IPCC itself recognises in its report the limitations of what the organisation can do and that only a Hillsborough style public inquiry can eventually get to the truth.

“The OTJC continues to gather increasing support from organisations and individuals for a full public inquiry into why it was that on 18 June 1984, 95 miners were arrested at Orgreave after thousands of police officers – many in riot gear, with others on horseback – brutally assaulted miners participating in a strike aimed at defending jobs and mining communities,” the OTJC noted.

The OTJC explained why a full public inquiry would be necessary in the search for justice.

“An inquiry will help reveal exactly why, when the subsequent court cases took place, all of the charges, including riot were abandoned. It must inevitably lead to two things.

“Some officers being charged with a series of offences – assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office. Secondly, a paper trail that would indicate that the actions of the police at Orgreave were influenced by political pressure from within the highest ranks of the government of the day,” the campaign group said.

A Home Secretary spokesperson responded to today’s news, saying that Home Secretary Theresa May “will consider any request that she receives to set up a public inquiry into Orgreave.”

THE FIGHT FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE GOES ON

PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AND ADVANCED OTJC STATEMENT ON IPCC’S DECISIONS NOT TO INVESTIGATE EVENTS AT ORGREAVE IN JUNE 1984

Following today’s (Friday 12 June) announcement by the IPCC the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) and the NUM will be hosting an open press conference at noon in the NUM main hall at 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS.

Press and public all welcome. Light refreshments available. Members of the audience will include miners present at Orgreave on 18 June 1984. They will be available to answer press questions afterwards.The following will each make a short speech at the press conference and after which there will be an opportunity to ask questions. PRIORITY will be given to questions from members of the press, who should identify themselves to Mark Metcalf  (07952 801783) by signing the press entrance form that will be available at the entry to the main hall.

Chris Skidmore – Yorkshire Area NUM president , who was present at Orgreave in June 1984
Granville Williams – OTJC
Arthur Critchelow – Orgreave veteran
The conference will be chaired by OTJC chair Joe Rollin.

There will be regular updates on twitter at @orgreavejustice

There will also be photographs of the event on the OTJC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OrgreaveTruthAndJusticeCampaign

In advance of the press conference the OTJC has issued the following statement:-

Whilst disappointed, OTJC members are not surprised that the IPCC will not be conducting a full investigation into policing at  Orgreave on 18 June 1984. It was back in November 2012 that South Yorkshire Police referred itself to the IPCC, which ever since has acted slowly and conducted little independent work in assembling and collating information.

The fact that the IPCC, described – rightly in our view – by many prominent individuals as ‘not fit for purpose’, is stepping aside on Orgreave affairs will not therefore be deterring the OTJC from continuing its campaign. OTJC notes that the IPCC itself recognises in its report the limitations of what the organisation can do and that only a Hillsborough style public inquiry can eventually get to the truth.

The OTJC continues to gather increasing support from organisations and individuals for a full public inquiry into why it was that on 18 June 1984, 95 miners were arrested at Orgreave after thousands of police officers – many in riot gear, with others on horseback – brutally assaulted miners participating in a strike aimed at defending jobs and mining communities.

An inquiry will help reveal exactly why, when the subsequent court cases took place, all of the charges, including riot were abandoned. It must inevitably lead to two things. Some officers being charged with a series of offences – assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office. Secondly, a paper trail that would indicate that the actions of the police at Orgreave were influenced by political pressure from within the highest ranks of the Government of the day.

THE FIGHT FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE GOES ON. Come to the 31st anniversary rally on Thursday 18th June at 5.30pm at Orgreave.

Press enquires to Mark Metcalf
07952 801783
@markmetcalf07

Keeping up the pressure on the IPCC

Unite Community members along with other trade unionists, marched with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, on the IPCC offices in Holborn to “express anger and dismay” that so much time has run away with no firm action by the IPCC, in organising the investigation into policing at Orgreave.

Read more about the investigation here and see the photo gallery below.

ORGREAVE mass picnic and festival

ORGREAVE mass picnic and festival
Saturday 14 June
11.00am – 7.00pm
Admission free
Catcliffe Recreation Ground, Poplar Way, Catcliffe S60 5TZ

A celebration of struggle and resistance on the 30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT MINERS’ STRIKE

Pleasure will replace pain. Truth will replace terror. Hope will replace horror. But the fight against injustice will go on.

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) is delighted to announce that we are holding an all-day picnic and festival on 14 June 2014 at Orgreave; location of state-backed police terror thirty years ago during the year-long miners’ strike.

Those who are attending will include many former miners who were present on the 18th of June 1984 when 95 strikers were arrested after thousands of police officers – many in riot gear with others on horseback – brutally assaulted miners fighting to protect jobs and ensure a future for mining communities.

Unreliable oral and written evidence by the police subsequently meant all charges – which included, in numerous cases, riot, carrying the possibility of life sentences – were dropped.

Compensation was even paid to 39 pickets in out of court settlements but no police officers were disciplined or charged for the offences they committed which included assault, perjury, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.

Growing concern that South Yorkshire Police (SYP) Force and its officers, many now retired, have still to account for their actions at Orgreave led to the SYP referring itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in November 2012.

Following a scoping exercise the IPCC has promised to announce in the near future whether they will move forward to conduct a full investigation. Whatever decision is taken by the IPCC will be noted with interest by the OTJC. Either will not deflect us from continuing our growing campaign for a full public inquiry which we are confident will lead to a paper trail showing how the actions of the police at Orgreave were influenced by political pressure from within the highest ranks of the Government of the day.

The picnic and festival, organised in association with the Justice for Mineworkers’ Campaign, has only been made possible because of significant financial support from the labour and trade union movement at local and national level. The day will help re-affirm the OTJC fight for justice and there will be a range of speakers at the beginning including Mike Mansfield QC, who represented a number of those arrested at Orgreave. Later; Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign will be joined on stage by Arthur Critchlow; a victim of police brutality thirty years ago who successfully fought off riot charges. In honour of his support, there will be a tribute to Bob Crow, the dearly departed RMT leader.

There is also going to be a chance to party. A range of artists, whose commitment is a constant source of inspiration and at the heart of all our hopes and dreams, have agreed to appear on two stages. They include Three Faction, Omar Puente & Friends, Western Promise and The Hurriers.

Compere will be Attila the Stockbroker.

Other attractions include a children’s play area, bouncy castle and art workshops, exhibitions that include a photographic display of NUM photographer Martin Jenkinson’s work in 1984-85, stalls, refreshments and a beer tent.

For more details contact Barbara Jackson on 0114 2509510

Download the Programme:orgreave-Web

Additional comments from speakers.

“I am delighted to be speaking at the event on 14 June 2014, The heroic miners and their leaders in 1984 were amongst the first to expose the democratic bankruptcy of our Parliamentary system. Corruption, vested interest and undercover surveillance have all now been revealed as the tools of the political trade.”

Michael Mansfield

Striking miners from 84/85, Orgreave Veterans, Women Against Pit Closures (WAPC), 84/85 Strike Babies and miners’ supporters from the wider community will join together to hold a Mass Picnic which will celebrate the continuing solidarity of those who fought long and hard to resist the most vicious government attacks on their union and their class. Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Great Miners’ Strike, the picnic and festival will be a day to renew our determination to carry on the fight for justice.

Bridget Bell, OTJC and APC

“I am going to the picnic to see lots of comrades who are attending. It is important to mark a massive event that took place in the miners’ strike, which shouldn’t be forgotten in union history.”

Arthur Critchlow, Orgreave veteran

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