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Angry Brigade: The Spectacularrise and Fall of Britain's First Urban Guerilla Group

Carr, Gordon; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
This documentary, produced by Gordon Carr for the BBC (and first shown in January 1973, shortly after the trial), covers the roots of the Angry Brigade in the revolutionary ferment of the 1960s, and follows their campaign and the police investigation to its culmination in the "Stoke Newington 8" conspiracy trial at the Old Bailey-the longest criminal trial in British legal history. Produced after extensive research-among both the libertarian opposition and the police-it remains the essential study of Britain's first urban guerilla group. Between 1970 and 1972 the Angry Brigade used guns and bombs in a series of symbolic attacks against property. A series of communiques accompanied the actions, explaining the choice of targets and the Angry Brigade philosophy: autonomous organization and attacks on property alongside other forms of militant working class action. Targets included the embassies of repressive regimes, police stations and army barracks, boutiques and factories, government departments and the homes of Cabinet ministers, the Attorney General and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. These attacks on the homes of senior political figures increased the pressure for results and brought an avalanche of police raids. From the start the police were faced with the difficulty of getting to grips with a section of society they found totally alien. And were they facing an organization-or an idea?
Release Date
2008
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
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Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by MVD Entertainment Group in 2008.
Publisher no.
1124748 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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