UK: Pegida rally met with thousands at rival-protests in Newcastle

2015-03-02 06:33:34 | Al Muslim News
UK: Pegida rally met with thousands at rival-protests in Newcastle


There were violent clashes on the roads of Newcastle as few hundreds of demonstrators from controversial anti-Islam group Pegida were met by a strong rival-protest, organised by the Newcastle Unites group. More than 2,000 people protested in Newcastle, northeast England, against a march organised under the banner of the German anti-Islam group Pegida “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West” and was attended by up to 375-400 people, according to authorities. The far-right group was shouted down by the counter-demonstration, with scuffles breaking out as the rally made its way through the city centre, leading to five arrests. Pegida organizers insisted the rally would be entirely peaceful, but five people, all from and the anti-Islam rally were arrested for alleged offences from assault to being drunk and disorderly. Local police said that largely both demonstrations passed without any problems. The counter demonstrations against the anti-Islam march were led by Mr. George Galloway, MP for Bradford, addressed the pro-Islam rally, branding the far-right protesters a 'German Nazi group'. 'All right-thinking people in Britain condemn the idea of a “German Nazi group” coming to the north east of England trying to stir up trouble, Mr. Galloway said..

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