An alliance of community, trade union, political and campaigning groups has announced plans to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the 'Battle of Cable Street' with a national march and rally in London’s East End later this year.

'Cable Street 80' was launched on Monday evening (February 8) at a meeting in the London headquarters of Unite, Britain's biggest trade union.
On October 4, 1936, more than 100,000 people turned out in East London to defeat police attempts to clear the way for Oswald Mosley's blackshirted British Union of Fascists.
After fierce fighting around 'Gardiners' Corner', Aldgate, local Jewish and Irish residents erected barricades along nearby Cable Street and drove back the Metropolitan Police and thousands of fascists.
'People came together not only to resist antisemitism, but also to challenge the slum landlords and campaign against the scourge of mass unemployment', remarked Cable Street 80 secretary and local historian David Rosenberg. He said the march and rally planned for Sunday October 9, together with a day of cultural events, would send a powerful message of unity and emphasise that 'lessons must be learnt for the way we tackle racism and the far right today'.
Community activist Nisar Ahmed said it was important to strengthen the links between the labour movement and the large Bangladeshi, Somali and other sections of the local population – especially among young people.
'Our annual May Day event in Altab Ali Park and Cable Street 80 will bring people together and show that there is a progressive alternative to all forms of racism and sectarianism', he added.
Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths also welcomed the new initiative, pointing out that the unity of left-wing forces had played a central role in organising the 'first world-famous people's victory' in what became a world war against fascism.