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attacked any Blackshirts who came close enough.
This continued even after the fascists disbanded,
with the protesters rioting against the police.
When the protesters became violent and at-
tempted to physically stop the march, it could then
be classed as vigilantism - something the anti-anti
fascist media (debatably a double negative) made
sure to exploit in hopes of highlighting the criminal
nature of the opposing riots and demonizing their
actions while other anti-fascist groups criticized
the violent protests. Many however supported the
response and saw it as rightful and the only effec-
tive form of combatting the anti-semitic , hate-
ful intents of BUP. Ultimately however, the riots
caused a societal response, more than could be said
of the initial lawful supported petition. As a result,
a Public Order act was passed in 1936, which made
the public wearing of political uniforms illegal, and
ensured that for a future political march to occur,
it would require full consent from all police. In the
next few years, the government banned the BUP, so
conclusively it could be interpreted that vigilantism
is critical to our society for its abilities to point out
and force amendments to drastic flaws in our crimi-
nal justice system and social state.
Vigilantism is therefore not a movement but
a societal response and so until there is a society
without controversy; I believe there will never be
one without dissatisfied people craving justice for
better or for worse - vigilantes.
Daisy Berry 11LB
Cable Street Mural, East London, painted by Dave Binnington, Paul Butler, RayWalker and Desmond
Rochfort between 1979-2983
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