From BBC Radio 4:
How the anti-racist struggles in London's East End in the 1970s and 80s relived the past.
Alan Dein hears how London's East End Bangladeshi community forged new alliances to oppose racism in the 1970s and 80s.
The East End had been a centre of racial struggle and opposition since the 1930s, when Oswald Mosely's Blackshirts had paraded through the then largely Jewish streets around Brick Lane. By the 1970s a new wave of predominantly Bangladeshi immigrants faced racism again from the National Front and its sympathisers.
As provocation and attacks increased, this community made new alliances with local anti-fascist activists, culminating in large-scale movements such as Rock Against Racism. Once again Brick Lane and the streets beyond became a battleground.
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