As part of my writing goals for August, I said I’d set out to do some political research related to writing All Fascists are Zombies! I wanted to research two key events in this history of fascism and the resistance to it – The Battle of Cable Street and the fascist riots in France in 1934.
The Battle of Cable Street
The Battle of Cable Street was a famous battle between anti-fascists and the police in 1936 when the police tried to clear a way for Fascist Sir Oswald Mosley and his “Black Shirts” to march through a community with a large Jewish population.
The anti-fascists managed to win out, erecting barricades and throwing projectiles at the police until Mosley abandoned his march, dealing a crushing blow to the Fascists.
French Fascist Riots of 6 February 1934
On the 6th of February 1934, various fascists and far-right groups staged various protests and rioted throughout Paris against the popular front government in what was seen by the Left as a coup attempt.
But unfortunately, we needn’t look too far back into history to find information about fascists, race riots and the need to resist it. Cronulla is an all too familiar memory for me and the rise of BNP in Britain is quite concerning.