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Anti-fascists rally to protect Battle of Cable Street mural

ANTI-FASCISTS in London defended a famed mural commemorating 1936’s Battle of Cable Street after it was threatened online by far-right activists.

Activists seized a 12-metre “White Lives Matter” banner from the fascist Patriotic Alternative group and then ceremonially binned it in front of the mural’s site in Tower Hamlets.

The offensive banner was seized and destroyed by London Anti-Fascists (AFN).

A Stand Up To Racism statement said: “The far right are seeking to use the Covid crisis to whip up racism and division in our communities. We can’t allow them to divide us.”

"They hate the Cable Street mural as it is a powerful symbol of the mass united defence of the Jewish community by the people of the East End that defeated the British Union of Fascists. 

“Tower Hamlets has a proud tradition of fighting fascism and hatred from Cable Street to stopping the EDL.

“The mural at Cable Street serves as a reminder of that history and a celebration of when our community comes together to reject racism, fascism and anti-semitism.”

A rally held at the event was addressed by anti-racist and anti-fascist speakers.

NOTE: This article originally reported that the White Lives Matter banner was taken from fascists outside the Cable Street mural itself. This is not the case. While the rally was held in response to online threats directed at the mural, no fascists attacked or otherwise gathered there yesterday. The Morning Star apologises for any confusion caused.


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