Anti Fascist Action (Documentary)
A BBC documentary from 1993 charting the history of militant anti-fascism in the UK.
A 1993 documentary made by Anti-Fascist Action for the BBC2 Open Space documentary series. Mensi of the Angelic Upstarts gives a rundown of the history of militant anti-fascism in the UK from the 1936 Battle of Cable Street against the Blackshirts, through the 1970s against the National Front and the Battle of Lewisham through to the war on the streets against the British National Party in the 1990s
AFA was originally set up in 1985 as a broad front anti-fascist organisation. The main fascist organisation at this time, following the demise of the National Front after Thatcher took power in 1979, was the British National Party (BNP), a more extreme split from the NF. Militant physical force anti-fascism has a long tradition in Britain – going back to the 1930’s, the ‘Battle of Cable Street’ and the 43 Group in London’s East End, and it was in this tradition that AFA was formed.