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Battle of Cable Street anniversary rally

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A 96 year old veteran of the 1930s fight against Oswald Mosley’s fascists will return to the scene of the anti-fascist movement’s greatest triumph to speak at a commemorative march and rally on Sunday October 2nd marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

The march assembles at 11.30am at the junction of Braham Street and Leman Street, near Aldgate East station.

East Ender Max Levitas will recall how, in October 1936, every entrance to the East End was blockaded, while Irish dockers and Jewish tailors built three barricades across Cable Street to prevent an invasion by 3,000 uniformed fascists. The police arrested nearly 80 anti-fascists before they instructed Mosley to march his troops in the opposite direction and disperse.

On October 2nd Max Levitas will be speaking on a platform next to the newly restored Cable Street mural. He will be joined by representatives from Bengali and Jewish organisations, trade union leaders and local political figures including Cllr Kosru Uddin, Akik Rahman of the Altab Ali Memorial Foundation and Julie Begum from the Swadhinata Trust, who will also recall more recent local battles against the National Front in Brick Lane in the 1970s, and to prevent Derek Beackon of the British National Party being re-elected on the Isle of Dogs in the 1990s.

The organisers of the October 2nd event will urge marchers to celebrate the spirit of Cable Street in 1936 by campaigning together and sending a powerful message of unity against all who sow division and hatred in Britain today.

The march from Aldgate has been organised by the Cable Street 75 Committee. There were concerns that this march would be affected by the 30 day ban imposed by the Home Secretary after the English Defence League threatened to march through Tower Hamlets. But police have assured the organisers that the ban ends at midnight on October 1st and that this community celebration would have been exempted from the ban.

More information about the Cable Street 75 Committee here and here.

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