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English Defence League in Manchester protest

English Defence League in Manchester protest

Categories: Latest News

Monday March 09 2015

Manchester Evening News and BBC News cover the protest by the English Defence League in Manchester at the weekend at which ‘hundreds’ of far right supporters gathered and were met by counter protestors mobilised by anti-racism group Unite Against Fascism.

Days before the far right protest, civic and faith leaders from Manchester penned an open letter calling on Mancunians to “ignore” the far right’s provocations and their “values of hatred and division”.

The Manchester Evening News reports that around 300 officers were drafted in on the day and four arrests were made for minor offences. One man was arrested for an “assault on a member of an ‘opposing faction’ before the rally,” two men were arrested for breach of the peace and a further man wanted for a separate crime, was also arrested, according to the paper.

The estimated cost of policing the protests is likely to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds with the MEN suggesting the cost could rise to between £200,000 and £300,000.

ITV News reports on a separate demonstration in Rotherham by the South East Alliance who gathered in the city on Saturday. The South East Alliance are the third far right group to protest against child sex exploitation in the city following in the footsteps of Britain First and the English Defence League.


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