Ten charged after English Defence League protest in Leicester

Ten people were charged with public order and other offences today over clashes with police after the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism held protests in Leicester yesterday.

Leicestershire police mounted its biggest operation in 25 years to try to keep the peace between the two violently opposed groups, and made 17 arrests during the day. More than 2,000 officers from 13 different forces were involved in policing approximately 1,000 EDL supporters and 700 people from the UAF.

At the EDL’s static demonstration in Leicester’s Humberstone Gate East, police wearing riot gear worked with dog handlers to control the crowd, which threw bricks and coins.

Supporters had arrived by the coachload since the early morning and were allowed to gather in four police-monitored pubs ahead of the protests in Hotel Street. Many wore EDL-branded hooded tops and some chanted “EDL, EDL”. Others carried banners bearing slogans such as “Sharia laws will destroy Britain and all our British values”.

see full story here http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/10/leicester-english-defence-league-protests

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