Demonstrations 1980-2000

London's demonstrations in the last two decades of the 20th century reflected new concerns about the environment and global capitalism. Nuclear weapons continued to provide a cause for protest, as did racial injustices.

January 1981

A series of large demonstrations in central London protested at the perceived police cover-up following the deaths of 13 Black teenagers in a house fire in New Cross.

22 October 1983

The largest ever Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (C.N.D) protest took place in London as part of a Europe-wide day of protest. Up to 200,000 people protested against the continued use of nuclear weapons.


The 'Stop the City' campaign organised by Greenpeace was billed as a 'Carnival Against War, Oppression and Destruction'. It consisted of four separate day-long street blockades of London's financial district. One blockade involved 3,000 people and succeeded in significantly disrupting City trading.

13 July 1985

Up to 72,000 people crowded into Wembley arena to watch performances from rock groups such as Wham! and Dire Straits as part of the Live Aid international demonstrations. A total of 30 million was raised in aid of famine relief in Africa.

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