Fascism and anti-fascism in 1930s Manchester

Wolf, Michael; Wise, Yaakov
Date Written:  2017-03-12
Publisher:  libcom.org
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20548

An account of the growth of fascism in Manchester in the early 1930s, and working class resistance to it.



Saturday 29th September the opposition mobilised. Three marches from Openshaw, Miles Platting, and Cheetham marched to meet the hundreds already waiting to meet them at Ardwick Green to form a united demonstration of over 3,000 who would march along Hyde road to join the protest meeting outside Belle Vue. The contingent from Cheetham comprised in the main young working class Jewish activists from the Challenge Club, the Youth Front Against War & Fascism and the Young Communist League formed the backbone of the group that was to rout the fascists later in the day. When the marchers arrived at Belle Vue they were greeted by the hundreds already assembled for the protest meeting. The marchers however had not come to listen to speeches. They had come to stop Mosley.

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