80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

unnamed-1-840x500Today marks the the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. If you click here you can read an excellent piece by Kirsty Major in The Independent. She argues that this has lessons for today.

“Eighty years ago today London’s East End stood up to fascists, taking on the British black shirts led by Oswald Mosley. The dramatic day of riots in defence of the community’s Irish and Jewish population would eventually become mythologised as the Battle of Cable Street. Since then, the area has become one of symbolic importance to both left and right. In 2013 I walked the same streets, now home to London’s largest Muslim community, protesting against the far right English Defence League.”

Below two videos reflect on that day.

Mr Kydd.

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