Book Launch: ‘Struggle or Starve: Working-Class Unity in Belfast’s 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots’

04 August 2017

Tuesday, 8 August- 7pm, Nerve Centre 7-8 Magazine Street, Derry BT48 6HJ

Join author Seán Mitchell as he launches his latest book 'Struggle or Starve'. Event includes video footage and dramatic readings from the period and a short introduction from the author. (Free entry) 

In October 1932, the streets of Belfast were gripped by vicious and widespread rioting that lasted the best part of a week. Thousands of unarmed demonstrators fought extended pitched battles against heavily-armed police. Unemployed workers and, indeed, whole working-class communities, dug trenches and built barricades to hold off the police assault. The event became known as the Outdoor Relief Riot - one of very few instances in which class sympathy managed to trump sectarian loyalties in a city famous for its divisions.

"This is an important story to tell, part of our lost history. It shows that the interests workers share far outweigh the artificial divisions of sectarianism. It is brilliant that Sean Mitchell has brought these great events backs to life. It will be an inspiration to unite again in today's struggles."---Ken Loach

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