Far-right activists stage protests in London
London, Sep 4: Notwithstanding a 30-day ban imposed by the government after the deadly riots in England, hundreds of far-right activists held a demonstration here against Islamic extremism in the UK and clashed with police, leading to the arrest of 60 people.
Over 1,000 members of English Defence League (EDL) organised the so-called "static demonstration" last evening in Tower Hamlets, a poor area of east London with a large immigrant population including Muslims, the Metropolitan Police said.
The supporters of the EDL, which says it is protesting against Islamic extremism in the UK, assembled near Aldgate Tube station, with their counter-protesters numbering 1,500 gathering in nearby Whitechapel Road. Missiles were thrown by activists as 3,000 police tried to maintain control, BBC reported today.
Home Secretary Theresa May had imposed a 30-day ban late last month over fears of unrest at a march planned by the English Defence League.
Last evening's protests were the first since the August 6-9 riots in English cities that left five people dead, including three of Asian origin. Some of the far-right protesters threw bottles and scuffled with police surrounding them to keep control. (PTI)
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