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    A campaigner holds a book on which the cover reads 18 June 1984 as she stands outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on September 13, 2016, during a protest calling for an inquiry into the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ and the policing of the miners’ strikes

    UK Government Rules Out Possibility of Orgreave Police Clashes Inquiry

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    UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that policing had changed in the last 30 years in the United Kingdom after the controversial 1984 clash between police and protesting miners at Orgreave, and there would therefore be "few lessons for the policing system today to be learned from any review of the events."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UK Home Office will not launch an inquiry into the controversial 1984 clash between police and protesting miners at Orgreave, Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced on Monday.

    "I have now concluded that there is not a sufficient basis for me to instigate either a statutory inquiry or an independent review," Rudd said in an official statement.

    Rudd added that policing had changed in the last 30 years, and there would therefore be "few lessons for the policing system today to be learned from any review of the events."

    The so-called Battle at Orgreave refers to a violent confrontation between protesters and police during the 1984-85 miners’ strike. On June 18, 1984, protesters at the Orgreave coke works near Rotherham clashed with almost 5,000 police in riot gear. Campaigners alleged that police were excessively violent and police statements were manufactured to discredit the miners and exaggerate their actions.

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