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Violence at anti-Islamist protest in UK

BIRMINGHAM: Police arrested more than 20 people Saturday after violence broke out at a protest against Islamic extremism in the central English city of Birmingham. A demonstration by the English Defence League descended into angry clashes with anti-fascist campaigners in a busy shopping street, despite the presence of dozens of riot police, an AFP correspondent...

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 6, 2009 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 6, 2009 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
Violence at anti-Islamist protest in UK

BIRMINGHAM: Police arrested more than 20 people Saturday after violence broke out at a protest against Islamic extremism in the central English city of Birmingham.

A demonstration by the English Defence League descended into angry clashes with anti-fascist campaigners in a busy shopping street, despite the presence of dozens of riot police, an AFP correspondent on the spot said.

A group of more than 20 men on a bus were arrested for violent disorder in one part of Birmingham city centre, while a 41-year-old man was arrested for the same offence nearby, a police statement said.

“Other sporadic outbreaks of disorder have occurred… during which missiles have been thrown. Police officers have been deployed across the city to deal with these outbreaks of disorder,” it added.

Police had warned they would deal with any troublemakers “robustly” after similar clashes in the city last month, and the English Defence League had also urged its supporters to avoid being drawn into fights.

“We would like to state that anyone who wishes to cause trouble, or use this demonstration to voice any other issues other than Islamic Fundamentalists, radical Islam and Sharia will be turned away,” the EDL says on its website. AGENCIES

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