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Watch: Antifascist demonstrators commemorate Battle of Cable Street 80 years on

Demonstrators voiced their contempt for fascism and xenophobia in Whitechapel on Sunday.

The London Antifascists and Jewish and Muslim groups were among protesters commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

They took to the streets as part of an annual tradition that still has deep roots in the local community.

The march followed a route down Commercial Street and Black Church Lane, finishing at Cable Street Mural and St George’s Gardens, where guest orators at the large rally included original Cable Street protester Max Levitas and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Cable Street is seen as the first ever anti-fascist mobilisation, against Oswald Moseley’s blackshirts. This year’s protest was especially poignant as speakers related the troubling political climate of the 1930’s to Britain’s current wave of xenophobic hate crime in the wake of Brexit.

Footage taken by Alex Fargier and edited by Rebecca Pinnington

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