Fights among protesters broke out at an anti-Islamic terrorism rally and at anti-fascist counter-demonstrations in central London.
The rally was organized by the far-right organization Britain First and the anti-immigration English Defense League (EDL).
The demonstration was dubbed “London Under Attack” with intent to “protest against radical Islamic terrorism” after the recent terrorist attack in Westminster which left four people dead and dozens injured.
The protest began on Saturday, April 1, at around 1 p.m. and, shortly thereafter, counter-protesters, organized by Unite Against Fascism (UAF), started to march alongside the demonstrators whom they deemed to be anti-Islamic.
“Both groups are notorious Islamophobes whose concern is not with the victims or their relatives, but only lie in racism,” United Against Fascism said in a Facebook statement.
— UAF (@uaf) April 1, 2017
Many protesters attended the march wearing all black attire and even hid their faces.
Protesters arrive in central London with their faces covered ahead of a demo by Britain First and the English Defence League. pic.twitter.com/kpxDriDUj7
— Catherine Wylie (@wyliecatherine) April 1, 2017
After anti-fascist groups began clashing with the far-right protesters and violence ensued in the middle of Trafalgar Square, London’s Metropolitan Police intervened and separated the groups.
At least 14 people were arrested after the rival groups brawled during the protest in central London, according to Metropolitan police authorities.
Police warned both groups that they would have to follow certain routes when departing the scene and that further rallying needed to end by 3 p.m.
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