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3,000-strong rally marks 80th anniversary of Cable Street - and remembers how to win

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2525

Part of the march to commemorate the Battle of Cable Street

Part of the march to commemorate the Battle of Cable Street (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Some 3,000 people marched down Cable Street, east London, on Sunday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

A mass turnout of workers stopped the fascist Blackshirts marching there in 1936.

Max Levitas was part of the mobilisation in 1936. He told Socialist Worker, “It was a battle against the police and the organisations of the working class came together and won.”

Before the march crowds gathered in Altab Ali Park.

Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism said, “Unity has been the watchword of our movement. It is our duty to come together.”

Weyman pointed to successes against the British National Party and English Defence League. “When we say, ‘they shall not pass’, we mean it,” he said.

Moshfiqur Noor of Tower Hamlets Labour Party warned that the right was still attempting to stoke division today.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn argued against attempts to scapegoat immigrants.


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Tue 11 Oct 2016, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2525
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