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Home Secretary Says Government Cannot Cure British Fascism by Suppression

March 15, 1946
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Home Secretary James Chuter Ede said in Common today that Fascism in Britain could not be cured by giving the Government “fascist powers” to suppress opinion. He made this statement in reply to questions concerning a fascist, anti-Semitic rally in Albert Hall, last night.

The rally was called by the “Britons’ Vigilantes Action League,” composed mostly of former members of the British Union of Fascists and persons who were interned during the war under the emergency defense regulations.

It was broken up almost immediately after it opened by a crowd of several hundred Communists. Shouting “Down with Fascism” they invaded the meeting and took over the hall, the floor of which was littered with anti-Semitic pamphlets.

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