English Defence League demonstrators could head to east London following clashes with Muslims Against Crusades group

PUBLISHED: 13:07 11 November 2010

Last year's Remembrance service by the Tower of London

Last year's Remembrance service by the Tower of London


Following Remembrance Day clashes between the Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) and the English Defence League (EDL) protest groups in Kensington this morning, it has been reported that demonstrators may now head to east London.

An MAC group, involving around 30 people, burned a model of a poppy in Exhibition Road and there were brief clashes with police.

At least one man was dragged to the floor and arrested.

MAC protestors held signs saying “British soldiers burn in hell” and “Allah is our protector and you have no protector”.

Around 50 counter demonstrators gathered nearby, believed to include members of the EDL, but the two sides were kept apart by the police.

Millions of Britons observed a two-minute silence at 11am to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day, when peace returned to Europe following the end of the First World War.

Ceremonies have also remembered those who have fallen in conflict since WW1, including the 110 servicemen killed in Afghanistan in the past year.

A post on the Hope Not Hate Facebook page, run by the anti-fascist group Searchlight, said the EDL may head towards Brick Lane in Bethnal Green.

A police spokesman confirmed that the EDL group were dispersing from their Exhibition Row protest.

He said the police are monitoring the situation and will deal proportionally with any further demonstrations.

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