Anti-racists and Bangladeshis mark Altab Ali Day in Whitechapel
PUBLISHED: 11:49 07 May 2014
Bangladeshis and anti-racist activists marked Altab Ali Day on Sunday with a park vigil and a meeting at the Montefiore Centre in Hanbury Street, to reaffirm their resistance to racism and fascism.
Campaigners who were active in the 1970s and 80s gathered in Altab Ali Park, over the road from Brick Lane, to remember 25-year-old Altab Ali, a Bangladeshi man who was killed in a racist attack in Whitechapel on May 4, 1978.
The meeting in Hanbury Street was chaired by Akikur Rahman of the Altab Ali Foundation and was attended by Murad Qureshi, a London Assembly member and patron of the foundation.
Veteran trade unionist Dan Jones created a special photographic exhibition to mark the day.
Speakers and attendees from all backgrounds included local historian David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialist Group, who runs walking tours around the East End, along with members of the Bangladesh Youth Movement and the Swadhinata Trust.
A delegation of the Altab Ali Foundation laid a floral wreath in his memory at the park which was renamed in his honour.