Today, 33 years after his death at the hands of the police during an anti-nazi demonstration in Southall, west London, we commemorate New-Zealand born teacher Clement Blair Peach.
Blair Peach, anti-racist activist and president of the East London NUT branch was struck by a police baton during a demonstration against the decision of the far-right National Front to hold an election meeting in the neighbourhood during the 1979 general election.
Blair Peach died in Ealing hospital a day later. No police officer has ever been charged with his death.
Dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson wrote a song about Peach’s death entitled ‘Reggae fi Peach’, released on the album Bass Culture (1980).
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