• Sinéad Nolan

Battle of Cable Street - 80th Anniversary


There was fantastic energy around the Three Sisters Care offices this weekend as hundreds of Londoners took part in the 80th anniversary march of the Battle of Cable Street.

Trade unionists, religious figures and members of leftwing groups joined the Shadwell locals to remember the battle (which saw tens of thousands of anti-fascist protesters clash with police back in 1936) and to protest against the rising number of racist offences in the city.

The number of hate crimes reported in the capital has risen to 50 a day since the EU referendum in June. Almost 5000 racially motivated offences were recorded in London between June 24 and September 30, compared with 3,620 in the same period of time before the Brexit vote, according to figures from the mayor of London's office.

Salema Gulbahar, acting CEO of Three Sisters Care, attended the march. She said: 'The event was peaceful but as we walked along Christian Street and Cable street chanting ‘"They Shall Not Pass!’ - at this point I felt quite strong emotions were evoked among the crowd of what the original anti-fascist demonstrators must have felt when they so courageously faced the Union of Fascist.'

'Their actions in 1936 have made it easier for us today to walk the streets of east London without fear.'

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