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Mosque protesters in England clash with police

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Mosque protesters in England clash with police


Violent clashes have erupted between far-right protestors and police after a march against the bulding of a mosque in Dudley, central England.

Nine were arrested when members of the English Defence League broke through wire fences put up to keep them away from anti-fascist protesters.

Just a few hundred metres away, an anti-racism group held a counter-demonstration.

Organisers say 1,500 members of Unite Agaisnt fascism took part, while police estimate some 2,000 EDL supporters were at the scene

The EDL, which claims its mission is to halt the Islamification of Britain, has staged numerous similar marches since its formation in 2009.

It sprang up in response to a group of Islamic extremists staging provocative protests in an English army barrack town each time the bodies of dead soldiers were returned from Iraq.

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