Commemorate the battle of Cable Street

Commemorate the battle of Cable Street

Sunday 09 October 2016 at 12:00-18:00

Commemorate the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street

Altab Ali Park, Adler Street, London E1 (Tube, Aldgate East) 

Cable StreetOn 9 October 2016 activists from across the UK will come together to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Socialists, trade unionists, campaigners and anti racism groups will march from Altab Ali Park to Cable Street where a rally will be held to commemorate the defeat of fascism in London's East End 80 years ago. 

"They Shall Not Pass!!"| On 4 October 1936, the people of the East End inflicted a massive defeat on Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. Attempts by the Blackshirts to march through Whitechapel were routed by more than 100,000 anti-fascist, anti-racist protestors from the local area, supported by those who came from across London and beyond to stand shoulder to shoulder against Mosley’s troops.

As the fascists assembled in Royal Mint Street, near the Tower, they were attacked by large groups of workers. When the Metropolitan Police tried to clear a path through Gardiner’s Corner, a blockade of tens of thousands of people stood firm. Finally, the police tried to escort Mosley and his Blackshirt thugs down Cable Street. They were stopped by local residents – Jewish, Irish, English – who built barricades and hurled back the invaders by force. Local communists, socialists, trade unionists and Jewish organisations united to mobilise and coordinate the anti-fascist resistance. They built local campaigns among workers, tenants and the unemployed to fight for real solutions to people’s real problems.

Together, they won a famous victory and put the skids under Britain’s first fascist mass movement.

The march will end in a rally at St George's Gardens on Cable Street near the Cable Street mural. There will be speakers both at the Assembly Point (Altab Ali Park) and at St George's Gardens

  • Speakers confirmed to date include: Max Levitas (Cable Street veteran), Jeremy Corbyn MP, Rushanara Ali MP, Frances O’Grady (general secretary, TUC), John Biggs (Mayor of Tower Hamlets), Unmesh Desai (GLA member, City and East London) Gerry Gable (Searchlight Research Associates), Weyman Bennett (Unite Against Fascism), Julia Bard (Jewish Socialists’ Group). Sarah Sackman (Jewish Labour Movement) and more. 

Find out more details from the Unite Community Facebook event page