Bread Or Batons?

1932 The Old Market Riot Walking Tour

Western Daily Press February 10th 1932. “Police in conflict - A srticking picture of the scene in Old Market Street, Bristol yesterday when the conflict between police and unemployed was at its height. Banners similar to that on the right were broken up and used as missiles”
On Tuesday 23rd February an estimated 3,000 to 15,000 protesters from the National Unemployed Workers' Movement (NUWM) march to protest about a cut in unemployment benefits. The police had banned the march but the NUWM were not deterred. The peaceful procession followed a winding route but ended up on Old Market Street where they were faced by a double row of police with batons drawn and backed up by mounted officers at the junction with Castle Street. The marchers were unaware that the Chief […]