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Bengali Resistance in the East End
May 7, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm BST
‘With the rise of the National Front in the 1970s, racial attacks on minority groups led to many serious injuries and deaths across the nation. People started to organise protests and marches nationally and locally. In 1978, after the tragic murder of Altab Ali, the Bengali Community in Tower Hamlets organised the largest South Asian protest march from Brick Lane to Downing Street.’
MayDay Rooms will be speaking at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives about Housing Struggles and Squatting in the East End. Speakers on the day include Ansar Ahmed Ullah (Swadhinata Trust), who will look at the impact of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War on activist movements in 1978 Tower Hamlets as well as an inter-generational conversation between Shuva Motin (activist from 1978 working with Progressive Youth Organisation) and Julie Begum (Swadhinata Trust and activist) discussing women’s activism over the last five decades. There will also be food provided by Shuva Motin, along with tea and snacks available for all!
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