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Back Issues

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These are the back issues of Red Rag. They'll be posted here every two weeks on or around the anniversary of their original publication. We're currently reissuing 1982; the latest issue is dated January 24 (scan / txt); the next one is due out on February 7th.

Red Rag, or Reading's only newspaper, was a fortnightly illegible free newspaper aiming to publicise and encourage a wide spectrum of subversion and culture in Reading. It aimed to keep people in touch, with an events diary which spanned the activities of groups as diverse as organic gardeners and anarchists; anti-nuclear activists and civic planners; wild-eyed liberals and woolly communists. It contained news and views and details of things to do in and around Reading which the local press couldn't or wouldn't touch. In its first 2½ years of existence it had managed to offend a surprisingly large number of people - well beyond its circulation of under 600.

In this issue (scan / txt): the behaviour of Reading police as shown in a BBC documentary starts a public outcry when officers bully and humiliate a rape victim; two doctors are referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions for approving abortions other than on strict medical grounds; the Rag's reporter muses brilliantly on the workings of democracy at the Berkshire Anti-Nuclear Campaign; your rights when the police arrive at your door and ask to come in; and if the council didn't evict the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp, how could they justify driving out the gypsies?