They Shall Not Pass!
October 3, 2006 11:00 PM Subscribe
Today is the 70th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street
. On Sunday October 4th 1936, Oswald Moseley
, leader of the British Union of Fascists, attempted to lead a march through Stepney, at that time a predominantly Jewish
area. As the fascists met at Royal Mint Street
, around 300,000 people barricaded the roads
of the East End, chanting "No Pasaran"
and "They Shall Not Pass"
. When the police attempted to break through the corden
at Cable Street a riot ensued. The police were repelled
and Moseley and his acolytes were forced to march in the opposite direction, into the empty streets of the City
. With the Spanish Civil War at its peak, Cable Street saw communists
, dockers and many other ordinary eastenders
fighting the fascists
together and has a mythological
place in East London folklore. Celebrations
will be held this Sunday
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