The legacy of Cable Street: militant resistance against oppression today

Cautiously pessimistic

At a time when so many people are commemorating the 80th anniversary of the historic victory over Mosley’s fascists at Cable Street, I thought it was worth taking a moment to remind people about two different court cases that both, in different ways, revolve around people whose (alleged) actions have helped keep the spirit of militant resistance seen at Cable Street alive.

First, there’s the Rotherham 12 trial, which has now started at Sheffield Crown Court. This trial is a result of an incident that took place during a Britain First march through Rotherham in September 2015, shortly after the murder of Mushin Ahmed. Violence erupted after police kettled the counter-demonstration and then forced them to disperse down a route that took them past the pub the fascists were drinking in/outside, and now 12 people are on trial facing violent disorder charges for allegedly taking part in…

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