18/52 Bangladesh – Altab Ali

Altab Ali was a textiles worker who moved to London from Bangladesh, with his uncle in 1969. When he was murdered by racists on May the 4th 1978 his death sparked a protest of thousands of Bengali people and supporters. In this episode I speak to Rafique Ullah, who was a teenager at the time, about life before and after this murder.

You can listen to more of Ullah’s story on the Ideas Store website, including a harrowing account of his first day at school which I couldn’t fit in this episode.

Image by Alan Denney, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

British Subjects is produced by Anna Rose Kerr.