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Brick Lane '78
Altab Ali was a Bangladeshi textile worker who was murdered by three teenagers on 4 May 1978 in a racist attack in East London as he walked home after work. It provoked the mass mobilisation of the Bengali community locally. For the first time, the Bengali community in East London came out onto the streets to make their voice heard and claim their identity. They wanted rights and justice. The Police detained a few of the community members. The community demonstrated a non-violent sit-in protest in front of the police station and was asking for their release. Finally the detainees were released, which became a jubilant moment for the Bengali community as they were finally being heard and their identity was being recognised.