A confrontation over immigration between the far right and anti-fascists in Dover has turned violent.
Hundreds of police struggled to keep the two groups apart during Saturday’s protest and they clashed in the port town
Two men left bloodied after the clashes
Groups including the EDL and the National Front organised the march to protest against immigration, with some carrying flags saying “refugees not welcome”.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and the Kent Anti-Racism Network (KARN) organised a counter-demonstration in the Kent town.
Video: There have been clashes between anti-racism protesters and far-right groups in Dover this afternoon https://t.co/uuJoWm9BRN
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The far right march began at around 1pm at Dover’s market square but quickly turned into a confrontation with bricks reportedly being thrown between the two sides.
The march ended with speeches being given, where people decried the arrival of “third world scum” in Britain. One speaker even told black Labour MP Diane Abbott, who had addressed the anti-fascist demonstrators, to “pack her backs and go back where she came from”.
The anti-fascist demonstrators played down the size of the other camp, insisting the far right members were outnumbered by the police.
There were estimated to be around 150 anti-immigration protestors. Campaign group Hope Not Hate said there were so few, the police directed them off the road and on to the pavement.
There’s so few of them, the police have pushed them on to the pavement. All roads closed and blocked. #Dover
— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) January 30, 2016
— Ben Tuson (@BTUson) January 30, 2016
The coaches had their smashed windows and Nazi symbols graffitied on them, as protestors travelled to oppose a far right march in Dover.