On this day in 1936 The Battle of Cable Street took place on a Sunday in the East End of London. It was a clash between the police, overseeing a march by the British Union of Fascists on one side and anti-fascists including local Jewish, socialist and communist groups on the other.
In spite of the East End at that time having a large Jewish population, and the anti-Semitic nature of the B.U.F., the government refused to ban the march.
The anti-fascist groups erected roadblocks in an attempt to prevent the march from taking place. Although the police attempted to clear the road to permit the march to proceed, after a series of running battles between the police and anti-fascist demonstrators, the march did not take place, and the B.U.F. marchers were dispersed.
The Battle of Cable Street led to the passage of the Public Order Act 1936 which forbade the wearing of political uniforms in public, and is widely considered to be a significant factor in the B.U.F's political decline prior to World War II.
Would it be stating the obvious to suggest checking out The Men They Couldn't Hang's "Ghosts Of Cable Street", which is on their How Green Is The Valley album? Derek.
I have a DVD of The Battle Of Cable Street gig. The gig took place on 4th October 1988 (which was my 18th Birthday) and features The Men They Couldn't Hang, The Neurotics, Attila The Stockbroker and a Battle Of Cable Street veteran.
Post by londonsoulie on Oct 7, 2006 9:19:35 GMT -5
Apparantly there's also some events taking place tomorrow at the Shadwell station end of Cable Street, so I'm going to take a walk down and see what's what. If I get any pics I'll post them on here....
It's quite handy for me as I only live 5 minutes away in Wapping!