"As the sun rose on that fateful day, thousands of blackshirts gathered in the cool morning air, trading jokes and cigarettes. Their boots and belts were well-polished. Those with peaked caps wore them at no angle but the true. The Union’s flags hung limply on their poles, waiting to be unfurled and waved in the faces of the fearful public. Hundreds of policemen – also, in a technical sense, in black shirts, boots and belts – formed up alongside the Fascist column, determined to escort them on an errand that none thought wise or good but which no one had said was illegal.
The signal was given. The march began. It was October 4th, 1936"
It has been 75 years since the battle of Cable Street, when "people in the East End of London stopped Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists marching through Cable Street, in Stepney, then a mainly Jewish area. A slogan from the Spanish Civil War, a popular anti-fascist cause of the time, was widely used:
They Shall Not Pass - No Pasaran!"
To the left, the confrontation has often become a source of inspiration
. A march and concert took place on Sunday
to honor the 75th anniversary, attended by thousands of people, including veterans of the incident. For many, the story still has resonance
Cable Street memories: The day that every horse went down
The Battle Of Cable Street - The day the Fascists were stopped in their tracks
A high resolution image of the mural,
which survived its own neo-fascist attack in the 80s.
Archival news footage of the clash.
An interview with Ubby Cowan
, one of the men at the clash 75 years ago.
"It showed us that if you are in the right, you've got to ignore the objections to what you're doing, and you've got to stick to your guns. You stand up for what you believe in, then you can make history."