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The Battle of Cable Street: 80 Years On

October 7, 2016

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Eighty years ago on 4th October 1936, the people of the East End of London united to halt Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists (BUF) from marching through Stepney. The fascists were subjected to a humiliating defeat as the police found themselves unable to clear a path.

People at a barricade

We’re honouring what came to be known as ‘The Battle of Cable Street’, the most popular anti-fascist victory to take place on British soil, with a brand new website:

Our new site profiles Stepney and rising tensions leading up to 4th October 1936, examines the Jewish community of the time, looks at the battle itself and then its legacy, and includes interviews with historians and Cable Street veterans. The website contains eyewitness interviews, old TV footage and lots of anti-fascist, fascist and police documents to help piece the day together.

Generations of activists, including ourselves, have been inspired by the courage and example set then. Yet eight decades on, hate groups and populist political parties are attempting to blame and target recently-settled communities and vulnerable minorities. Our campaign today seeks to expose these flag bearers of hate and emphasise what unites rather than what divides us. Just as those present at Cable Street did so, so courageously, 80 years ago. It is vital to keep the memory and spirit of the event alive and to ensure that the timeless lessons of 4 October 1936 are not forgotten. And vital to keep supporting that spirit of struggle.

¡No Pasarán!

[Text reproduced from email sent WLS by Hope Not Hate; if you want to support HOPE not hate then please consider a donation]

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