Nrk: Opprørspoliti ble satt inn for avbryte sammenstøt mellom muslimer og antimuslimske demonstranter utenfor en moské i London.
Sammenstøtene fredag ettermiddag kom som følge av en demonstrasjon arrangert av gruppen Stop Islamification of Europe.
Demonstrasjonen var lagt til et område like ved Harrow Central-moskeen i det nordvestre London.
Situasjonen utartet da om lag 1.000 mennesker dannet en motdemonstrasjon under banneren United Against Fascism.
Politiet grep inn idet en gruppe unge muslimer kastet steiner mot demonstrantene. Åtte mennesker ble arrestert og politiet beslagla flere våpen.
The Times : Skirmishes broke out between police and Muslim youths in North London last night as large crowds gathered to defend a mosque that had been targeted by anti-Islam campaigners.
Groups of youths, in ski masks and motorcycle helmets, threw bottles and set off fireworks in front of riot police, who used kettling tactics to contain a crowd of up to 2,000 outside Harrow central mosque. Seven people were arrested for possession of offensive weapons including a hammer, chisel and a bottle of bleach. Another man was arrested “to prevent a breach of the peace”, police said.
Hundreds of Muslim youths and anti-fascist campaigners gathered to confront a fringe right-wing group calling itself Stop Islamification of Europe (SIOE). The group had threatened to hold a rally at the site, where a new five-storey mosque is under construction, but organisers said that they had called off the march at the request of police.
Despite pleas by imams for the crowds to go home, the streets remained packed for several hours. About 20 anti-Islamic protesters, some wearing football jerseys, attempted to enter the area but were blocked by some of the 500 police.
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