In Belfast in 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, there were protests against poor working conditions in the jobs that men were forced to do in order to claim their unemployment benefits.
The protests crossed sectarian lines, with Protestants and Catholics protesting side-by-side. The problem was that neither religion knew the others’ songs, their being mostly sectarian or religious in nature.
So, as they marched down the Falls Road and the Shankhill Road, the workers sang the only song that both sides knew: Yes! We Have No Bananas, the 1923 novelty record about a Greek greengrocer with mangled English and a lack of produce. They were then violently attacked by the police, with two workers killed and 100 wounded.