INTRODUCTION: In Britain, the annual carnival organised by the Black community in the Notting Hill area of London over the weekend (29, 30, 31 August) passed off peacefully, despite fears of riots like those in the immigrant areas of the city earlier this year.Before the carnival, a black writer had claimed the police were stock-piling weapons ready for a battle in which they would take their revenge on the community.
TOP VIEW Carnival procession.
SV Female dancers in African costumes.
SV Black policeman in foreground, carnival dancers in playing-card outfits, PAN TO man holding baby.
CUs Dancers in costume. (2 SHOTS)
GV Man dancing with flag.
GV & SV Dancers blowing whistles and policemen smiling. (2 SHOTS)
GV Procession with steel band.
GV ZOOM IN Steel band on float.
GV PAN Line of police in Fulham.
TV & CU Demonstrators with banner. (2 SHOTS)
SCUs National Front members singing. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN FROM Police TO demonstrators chanting.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Britain, the annual carnival organised by the Black community in the Notting Hill area of London over the weekend (29, 30, 31 August) passed off peacefully, despite fears of riots like those in the immigrant areas of the city earlier this year.Before the carnival, a black writer had claimed the police were stock-piling weapons ready for a battle in which they would take their revenge on the community.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people attended the colourful event, which transforms this area of London into a Caribbean carnival town.
The organisers said the attendance at the three-day carnival was much lower than in previous years.
It was thought people had stayed away because they feared trouble.Four years ago, there was serious rioting at the carnival.Six hundred people were injured -- 400 of them policemen.There were muggings and shops were looted.The wave of violence which shook British cities this year made many people nervous.
Instead, the carnival was almost completely peaceful.The police had been accused in the past of over-reacting to trouble, and for having too many in the area.But, this year, although there were 9,000 police in reserve to deal with any rioting, patrols were kept to a minimum, with officers able to relax and enjoy themselves.And there were no signs of the alleged weapons.
There was a brief outburst of violence in the last hours of the festival when police were attacked by stone-throwing youths.But order was restored within 20 minutes.For the rest of the time, people were happy just to dance to the music of the many steel bands.
A few miles away, police were keeping order at a totally different event -- a rally organised by the racist National Front organisation.
The costumes there were not colourful, and there were no bands.Instead, the National Front members chanted a song of hate.
The National Front planned to march through London on Sunday (30 August), the main day of the Notting Hill Festival.But this was banned by the government to avoid racial clashes.