1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy 25th anniversary | the Truth | Original Report Sanitized | Victims Criminalized

The price of Hillsborough, states Phil Scranton who authored the book “Hillsborough the Truth” is the ‘institutionalized injustice’ that the family members of the victims endured. His book uncovers the truth behind the Hillsborough stadium disaster which occurred in Sheffield, England on April 15th, 1989.

Flower tributes to victims of the Hillsborough football match stadium disaster in which 96 people died

Flower tributes to victims of the Hillsborough football match stadium disaster in which 96 people died


The news media spoke of drunken football hooligans as the cause of the disaster in which 96 people were killed, a message that the local police force and stadium owners quickly staged. Those killed were actually scrutinized for their ‘blood alcohol levels’ and history of drug & alcohol use and behavior, to neatly frame them as having caused the disaster. Police reports had been heavily edited to sanitize the incident and make it look like it was the fault of the fans’ misbehavior as opposed to those in the control room, the stadium design and the police force who were responsible for crowd control.

As an American, I hadn’t known this until I viewed this BBC documentary Panorama Hillsborough – How They Buried the Truth Britain’s worst football disaster.

At the 20th year Anniversary Memorial Service in Anfield, Liverpool April 15th, 2009, a significant proportion of the 28,000 attendees interrupted the speech of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, MP Andy Burnham shouting “justice for the 96”.

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