Rising up against racism: London’s forgotten Bangladeshi squatters

East London has been the heart of the UK Bangladeshi’s community for the past 50 years but things could have been very different had it not been for the actions of Bangladeshi squatters in the 1970s.

Hundreds took over empty properties – demanding better housing options and an end to racist attacks – with women playing a key role.

Researcher Shabna Begum has been interviewing former squatters and believes young Bangladeshis can now gain inspiration from the actions of their elders.

Video produced by Nalini Sivathasan, BBC Asian Network. Additional footage courtesy of BFI/Simon Heaven.

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