Tuesday, June 30, 1998 Published at 02:02 GMT 03:02 UK
Inquiry into race murder re-opens
An artist's impression of Jamie Acourt giving evidence
All of the five men who have been charged but not convicted with the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence have returned for a second day to the inquiry.
Police sprayed CS gas and used their batons on demonstrators from the Nation of Islam who turned up dressed in their immaculate suits and bow-ties to attempt to storm the hearing room.
Years of silence broken
Under rules set down by the High Court, they could not be asked if they had carried out the crime.
In 1996, on the direction of a judge, Neil Acourt, Luke Knight and Gary Dobson were acquitted at their Old Bailey trial before taking the stand.
At an inquest into the death last year, exercising their common law right to remain silent, all of the men refused to answer questions.
The new rules on the questions they can answer at the inquiry posed a tough challenge to Michael Mansfield QC, who is leading the Lawrence family's case.
He concentrated mainly on evidence that the first two men taking the stand - Jamie and Neil Acourt - carried knives and used racist language.
In response, he received mainly monosyllabic or non-committal answers.
A third man David Norris, 21, started to give evidence before the proceedings were adjourned.
Neville Lawrence: 'Don't brand us as hooligans'
The Lawrence family is likely to be hoping the pandemonium of the first day of the men's evidence does not continue.
He told the crowds at the inquiry in Elephant and Castle, south London: "I asked the public to come here and support me. At the end of the day, I'm going to walk out of here with nothing.
"We have tried to be as dignified as possible. We have tried to listen. What's happened here, it's going to stop us getting that and get us branded as hooligans."
He added: "Every mother and every father knows that every time their child goes out, they stop their breath. We have stopped our breath for five years because we didn't really know what happened."
'The struggle continues'
It said: "Today has been a very stressful day. We have heard first-hand from three of the suspects, but we feel they have been coached and are lying.
"They keep saying they can't remember and show no remorse whatsoever.
"It is clear that they are racist and violent. For us the struggle continues until we get justice."
It went on to condemn the use of CS gas spray against people at the inquiry.
"We believe that this was a sign of heavy-handed policing and was not needed. We will call the police to account for this."