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|