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How South Asians Sustained the Miners’ Strike

Taj Ali

South Asians in Britain were all too familiar with state violence at the time of the miners’ strike. That shared experience led them out onto the picket lines and into fundraising efforts, seeking to forge unity through joint struggle.

Illustration by Ricardo Santos

One summer morning in Sheffield, a young Pakistani man stood beneath his friend’s bedroom window clutching a handful of pebbles. When Mukhtar Dar sent the pebbles sailing through the air, the thud against the windowpane woke up his friend Sadiq. It was 18 June 1984, and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) had called for […]

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