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Metropolitan Police officers, Battle of Cable Street

Metropolitan Police officers attempt to dismantle a barricade set up by anti-fascist demonstrators in the East End of London, part of the protest against the proposed march by Sir Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists. The protest was successful, and the march was diverted away from the area. Date: 4 October 1936

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Anti Barricade Cable Demonstration Demonstrators Fascism Fascist Metropolitan Mosley Oswald Police Men Protest Wing 1936 Dismantle Fascists


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In this evocative photograph from the historic archives, Metropolitan Police officers are seen attempting to dismantle a formidable barricade erected by determined anti-fascist demonstrators in the heart of London's East End. The scene unfolds on 4 October 1936, during a pivotal moment in the Battle of Cable Street, a significant event in the annals of British history. The proposed march by Sir Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists (BUF) through the East End, a predominantly Jewish and working-class district, had sparked widespread outrage and fear. The community, united in their opposition to fascism, had taken to the streets to prevent the march from taking place. Thousands of men and women, many of them trade unionists and members of various socialist and communist groups, had gathered to form a human shield and barricade the streets. The Metropolitan Police, under the orders of the Home Secretary, were dispatched to clear the way for Mosley and his followers. The officers, dressed in their distinctive bowler hats and tunic uniforms, can be seen in this photograph, attempting to dismantle the barricade, met with fierce resistance from the demonstrators. The tension in the air is palpable, as both sides stand their ground, unwilling to back down. Despite the police's efforts, the march was ultimately diverted away from the East End, marking a significant victory for the anti-fascist movement. This photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the power of collective action and the resilience of communities in the face of hate and intolerance. The Battle of Cable Street stands as a testament to the spirit of resistance that continues to inspire generations.

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