In the summer of 2001 a number of northern
towns became the focus for a series of social disturbances. In
Bradford on the 7th July 2001, wide scale disturbances went on
for many hours causing millions of pounds worth of damage.
Coincidentally, the disturbances were on the same day that
Bradford Council and the Home Secretary had banned a National
Front march through the city centre, even though many supporters
and activists still arrived, insisting the march would proceed.
Reports in the local media at the time, suggested that unrest
was sparked off as these far-right extremists left a local pub
threatening violence and verbally abusing locals.
This resulted in the local community of mainly Asian Muslims
being forced to defend itself or face violent attack. The
national media however portrayed the disturbances as
riots instigated by Asian Muslims, preferring to ignore the role
of the far right in creating fear and inciting racial and
White people who took part in the disturbances, some of whom
threw petrol bombs, were charged with minimal offences,
resulting in community service and minor sentences. Asian
Muslims however, were charged with ‘riot’, despite their actions
being often no more than throwing stones or simply being in the
area. These extreme charges have seen excessive sentencing,
ranging from four to eight years, sometimes merely for throwing
The report by FAIR looks at the riots, the background and
subsequent sentencing of the rioters. It also focuses on
the campaign by the families of the rioters, the Fair Justics
for All campaign.
Download the Bradford Report (PDF)