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.)