Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The 'Battle' Of Cable Street - 75 Years On ...

Tourists in London thronging around the Tower Of London usually miss out on another London landmark just down the road - the site of the famous The Battle of Cable Street - an occassion that this weekend celebrates it's 75th Anniversary with a huge Festival of Events, details here, here, and here. Facebook Event Page is here.

Mosley's Blackshirts
In Cable Street, East London, back in 1936, as the Nazi Far-Right rose in Germany, the British Union of Fascists, led by Oswald Mosley, went to march in the East End of London, protected by the Police. They were met by an anti-fascist alliance, including local Jewish, Socialist, Anarchist, Irish and Communist groups.

The defenders built barricades from paving stones, timber and overturned lorries. Women threw the contents of chamber pots on to the heads of policemen and children hurled marbles under their horses and burst bags of pepper in front of their noses.

Shouting the Spanish civil war slogan "No pasaran" - "They shall not pass" - more than 300,000 people turned back an army of the Blackshirts. Their victory over racism and anti-Semitism on Sunday, October 4, 1936 became known as the Battle of Cable Street and encapsulated the British fight against the Fascism that was stomping across Europe.

It was a victory for ordinary people against racism and anti-Semitism and it should be instilled in the minds of people today. The Battle of Cable Street is a history lesson for us all. People as people must get together and stop racism and anti-Semitism so that everybody - without exception - can lead an ordinary life, and develop their own ideas and religions.

The event is marked in Cable Street not just by a historic plaque but also by a huge, beautiful mural depicting the events of the day.

The Battle against Fascism goes on, of course. These days we fight the BNP and the EDL, (see previous reports) and we see the same angry, racist, anti-semitic and anti-islamic faces.

The Battle Mural in Cable Street
And yes, if you're wondering, Oswald Mosley, the British Nazi, is the father of Max Mosley, former president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), who was forced to step down from his role after a Nazi Holocaust-themed sex party.