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4 October 2010

The Battle of Cable Street

This weekend saw the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

By Duncan Robinson

Yesterday marked the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Thousands of anti-Fascist protestors confronted the Blackshirts of Oswald Mosley, and clashed with the policemen accompanying Mosley’s men on their march.

Below is a quite fascinating piece of newsreel from the event. “Batons are drawn and heads broken as the ant-fascist demonstrators resist efforts to disperse them,” is how the reporter described the often brutal fighting. Allegations of police brutality abounded, but not according to the report.

“From impartial people the police are nothing but praised. Firm action by the commissioner and his men undoubtedly averted bloodshed on a scale more terrible than London had ever witnessed.”

And the anti-Fascist protestors helped avert Mosley’s Fascist party gaining anything approaching real power in the UK.

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