Battle of Cable Street

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The Battle of Cable Street was a riot that took place in Cable Street, in London's East End on Sunday October 4 1936, and which effectively ended mainstream British fascism. Shouting the Spanish Civil War slogan "No pasaran!" ("They shall not pass!") more than 300,000 people - comprising Jews, Irish Catholic dock workers and Labour Party supporters - fought running battles with the Police and Sir Oswald Moseley's "Blackshirts". Their victory over racism and anti-Semitism encapsulated the British fight against fascism that was then "stomping across Europe."[1]


  1. Gillan, Audrey Day the East End said 'No pasaran' to Blackshirts The Guardian September 30, 2006. Accessed July 7 2007

External links

  • Newsfilm Online British Paramount News Issue 586, 8 October, 1936. Accessed July 7 2007. (Requires Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime to view.)