Police in the UK have arrested 19 people during clashes with anti-fascist protesters in central England. Around 1500 people marched in opposition to the holding of an annual festival in Derbyshire organised by the far-right British National Party.
Police say trouble erupted when some demonstrators tried to force their way through a security cordon. One protester expressed her anger over policing methods – “The police presence here is purely to protect the fascist contingent and not us as you can see from the many injured people.” More than 500 officers were deployed at the march while the BNP held its so called “Red White and Blue” festival in a nearby field. Nick Griffin, BNP leader said: “I think it is outrageous that Britain’s liberal elite uses a far left mob to try to stifle a legitimate peaceful political party just because we’re a real opposition voice.” The BNP campaigns to halt immigration and repatriate immigrants voluntarily. It won its first two seats in the European Parliament in June.