The Battle of Cable Street was an outstanding victory of the anti-fascists. The event took place in East London in 1936. The fascists, anti-fascists, and police were involved in the battle. Here are five facts you should know about this historic event.
This was the day when the member of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) marched along the road of Stepney, which is the heart of the Jewish community. It was held to show their support for a single-party authoritarian regime which they believed would eliminate the class differences. It was also to mark the fourth birthday of BUF.The Metropolitan Police protected the march, but it was disrupted by the anti-fascist demonstrators.
The main person behind the march was Oswald Mosley, a great leader in the Labour and Conservative parties. He believed, like many others, that the Jewish community was responsible for the poor living condition of the East End, particularly Stepney.
The Jewish community got to learn about the march beforehand and requested the high officials to ban it. Five East London mayors even met with the Home Office prior to the march and requesting to ban the march. The Jewish People’s Council against Fascism and antisemitism (JPC) provided 100,000 strong petitions to ban the event. However, the government didn’t agree and allowed the march to take place.
The march ended up with a battle which caused about 175 people to get injured. Mosley, at last, was forced to turn back from the street. This event will be marked as an important victory of the anti-fascists.