By Nigel Copsey
Anti-fascism has lengthy been the most energetic and dynamic parts of radical protest and direct motion. but it really is a space of fight and renowned resistance that is still mostly unexplored via historians, sociologists and political scientists.
Fully revised and up-to-date from its previous version, this e-book maintains to supply the definitive account of anti-fascism in Britain from its roots within the Thirties competition to Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists, to the road demonstrations and on-line campaigns of the twenty-first century. the writer attracts on a powerful diversity of assets together with respectable executive, police and protection providers documents, the writings and memories of activists themselves, and the guides and propaganda of anti-fascist teams and their opponents.
The e-book lines the ideological, tactical and organisational evolution of anti-fascist teams and explores their usually advanced relationships with the mainstream and radical left, in addition to assessing their effectiveness in battling the extraordinary right.
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G. Wells. 3 In spite of their protestations, the Albert Hall meeting received the goahead from the Corporation of the Royal Albert Hall, the body responsible for the Albert Hall's management. A crowd reported by the Daily Worker to number 10,000 attempted to assemble outside the Albert Hall, but the police had cordoned off the hall in line with a directive issued by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Philip Game. This had stated that no counter-demonstration should be allowed to take place within half a mile of the Albert Hall.
91 An internal CPGB memorandum dated 13 August, reveals how central the Hyde Park counter-demonstration was to the CPGB's strategy of breaking the Labour Party's ban on the United Front. It states that the 'whole energy' of the CPGB must be put into preparations for Hyde Park over the next four weeks, the United Front with Labour organisations being the 'central task running through all the preparations .... ' 92 With the CPGB interpreting Olympia as a great success for antifascism, the main priority now was to direct popular anti-fascist feeling, aroused in the wake of Olympia, towards victory over the 'reformist' Labour Party.
This had stated that no counter-demonstration should be allowed to take place within half a mile of the Albert Hall. 4 Consequently, the crowd was dispersed by foot and mounted police. One section of the crowd was directed towards Hyde Park, another to nearby Thurloe Square where an impromptu, tightly packed meeting took place chaired by John Strachey. The crowd in Thurloe Square reportedly numbered between 3,000 and 5,000 and was, without apparent warning, subjected to repeated baton charges by police forcing it to disperse.