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Police clash with immigration protesters blocking the dual carriageway as they march towards Dover


Police clash in Dover as immigration protesters blocked the A20 dual carriageway while shouting "England" until I die.

Several officers were seen holding a person to the ground before they were arrested At least 50 officers are on site on the A20, which remains blocked in both directions.

Before today's demonstrations, there was fear of violence. Activists for and against immigration announced their intention to rally in the city of Kent.

Rival groups have gathered in Dover to demonstrate the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats.

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Dover clashes with police as immigration protesters blocked the A20 dual carriageway while singing Rule, Britannia! how they march

Several officers were seen holding a person to the ground. At least 40 officers are on site on the A20, which remains blocked in both directions

Several officers were seen holding a person to the ground. At least 40 officers are on site on the A20, which remains blocked in both directions

There is a large police presence in the area while protests continue in both directions along the A20

There is a large police presence in the area while protests continue in both directions along the A20

A group of protesters are held back as they demonstrate against immigration and refugee travel in Dover

A group of protesters are held back as they demonstrate against immigration and refugee travel in Dover

A man stands and greets while others take a knee during the protest against migrants in Dover this afternoon

A man stands and greets while others take a knee during the protest against migrants in Dover this afternoon

Rival protesters in support of immigration have come out in droves to show they welcome refugees

Rival protesters in support of immigration have come out in droves to show they welcome refugees

Traffic on the A20 had come to a standstill in both directions after large numbers of demonstrators had gathered on the street.

Many wore face masks under the Union flag and carried banners. Some shouted "England till I die" and sang Rule, Britannia.

There were further sporadic clashes with the group of at least 50 police officers from the A20. It is believed that groups from all over the country traveled to Dover.

Despite a request from local MP Natalie Elphicke to stay away to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

On Friday MEP Natalie Elphicke said: “People are rightly angry about the number of people breaking into the UK in small boats. It is totally unacceptable.

“But protesting in Dover in the middle of a pandemic is not a sensible or responsible thing. We can't risk a second wave – protesters should stay away from Dover this weekend.

Pictured: The White Cliffs of Dover were lit with a series of massive projections in support of migrant welfare on Friday evening

Pictured: The White Cliffs of Dover were lit with a series of massive projections in support of migrant welfare on Friday evening

RIP Aylan Kurdi: On the fifth anniversary of his death, the massive projection paid tribute to the Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who died in the Mediterranean in 2015

RIP Aylan Kurdi: On the fifth anniversary of his death, the massive projection paid tribute to the Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who died in the Mediterranean in 2015

Another of the messages projected on the cliffs was: "These cliffs are hope"

Another of the messages projected on the cliffs was: "These cliffs are hope"

"Police resources are better used to fight crime than to monitor political demonstrations."

Ugly clashes erupted in the city of Kent in 2016 when rival protest groups gathered to demonstrate over immigration.

Meanwhile, a protester known on social media as The Little Veteran is urging people to close the port for days in protest against migrant crossings.

In a video posted on YouTube, he distanced himself from other groups who may be entering the port and called for a peaceful demonstration.

Instead, he urged people to drive slowly on roads and block the port entrances with boats.

The protest comes days after a record of 416 migrants in 28 boats reached the UK. So far this year at least 5,586 refugees have crossed the canal by boat.

Protesters against and against immigration gathered in Dover today for a large demonstration

Protesters against and against immigration gathered in Dover today for a large demonstration

On Friday evening, the words rise, & # 39; Over fear. Refugees 'Welcome' were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover by the humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.

There is a strong police presence in the city, with a large concentration of officers in the market square and in the train station.

A cohort of officers on horseback is overseeing the situation.

Various groups had announced that they would travel to Dover on Saturday to protest for or against migrant crossings.

Pro-migrant activists gathered in the market square for a demonstration organized by the Kent Anti Racism Network.

Antiracist group Hope Not Hate has raised concerns that far-right groups will travel to Dover on Saturday.

Dr. Joe Mulhall, head of research at Hope Not Hate, said that anger had developed among far-right parties as migrant transitions continued.

He said, “It is one that has potential for popular support so many of the right-wing founders will not miss such an opportunity.

"There is a risk of violence. Dover has a history of it."

In 2016, 13 people were arrested and six injured after protesters fought with hundreds of anti-fascist activists.

Yobs threw the anti-fascists down with metal rods and bottles – and they hit back by firing stones. One person suffered a broken arm in the Fracas.

Swastikas were painted with blood on two buses at a nearby gas station.

Before today's demonstrations, there was fear of violence. Activists for and against immigration announced their intention to rally in the city of Kent

Before today's demonstrations, there was fear of violence. Activists for and against immigration announced their intention to rally in the city of Kent

Rival groups have gathered in Dover to demonstrate the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats

Rival groups have gathered in Dover to demonstrate the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats

Peter Keenan of Kent Refugee Help spoke to about 100 people and said that when society sees people fleeing war and rejects them, "it says something about the state of your society".

He continued, “We are not these people. We stand up and greet people who are in a desperate situation and who are fleeing from terrible situations. & # 39;

A group of around 60 people shouting "freedom" and "getting this scrap off our streets" moved along the coast of Dover.

Many wore Union flags and face masks decorated in the colors.

There is a strong police presence in the city, with a large concentration of officers in the market square and in the train station

There is a strong police presence in the city, with a large concentration of officers in the market square and in the train station

Members of the Kent Anti-Racism Network were seen shouting embassies in support of refugees

Members of the Kent Anti-Racism Network were seen shouting embassies in support of refugees

A cohort of officers on horseback is overseeing the situation

A cohort of officers on horseback is overseeing the situation

Various groups had announced that they would travel to Dover on Saturday to protest for or against migrant crossings

Various groups had announced that they would travel to Dover on Saturday to protest for or against migrant crossings

Many people in Dover came out to show their support for migrants and refugees holding banners saying "Refugees Welcome".

Many people in Dover came out to show their support for migrants and refugees holding banners saying "Refugees Welcome".

Some protesters held signs saying "Welcome" in many different languages

Some protesters held signs saying "Welcome" in many different languages

Meanwhile, others have been expected to try to close the port by slowly driving on roads and possibly trying to block the port entrances with boats.

Antiracist group Hope Not Hate had raised concerns ahead of the event that violence would occur and that fragmented elements of the British right could also travel to Dover.

Kent Police Chief Superintendent Nigel Brookes said: “As a force, it is our responsibility to facilitate peaceful protests, but we will not tolerate violence or disorder.

"Anyone planning to visit Dover to commit crime should be aware that they are not welcome here and that we will try to prosecute anyone who breaks the law."

Dr. Mulhall said the anti-racist protest in the marketplace could be a "possible focal point" for tension.

However, he says Hope Not Hate are "less fearful" than they were a few days ago, and that some far-right elements are not expecting the trip.

Pictured: Clashes as anti-immigrant groups, including the National Front (NF) and the English Defense League (EDL), protested in Dover in 2016. There were concerns that similar scenes could be seen in the border town over the weekend

Pictured: Clashes as anti-immigrant groups, including the National Front (NF) and the English Defense League (EDL), protested in Dover in 2016. There were concerns that similar scenes could be seen in the border town over the weekend

Antiracist group Hope Not Hate had raised concerns prior to the event that violence would occur and that fragmented elements of the British right might also travel to Dover

Antiracist group Hope Not Hate had raised concerns prior to the event that violence would occur and that fragmented elements of the British right might also travel to Dover

Don't hope that hate protesters held signs saying "Solidarity with all those fleeing from war, poverty, persecution and climate catastrophes".

Don't hope that hate protesters held signs saying "Solidarity with all those fleeing from war, poverty, persecution and climate catastrophes".

The police are still trying to determine how many people will be involved in the protests and have announced that there will be a "significantly increased" police presence.

Kent Police Chief Superintendent Nigel Brookes said: “As a force, it is our responsibility to facilitate peaceful protests, but we will not tolerate violence or disorder.

“Anyone planning to visit Dover to commit crime should be aware that they are not welcome here and that we will try to prosecute anyone who breaks the law.

“We always urge the organizers to work with us in advance to ensure that their actions are not undermined by someone trying to attend such an event just as an excuse for violence and civil unrest.

“While we respect the right to peaceful protest, our aim will be to reconcile that right with the rights of other people in the city.

“The public should be reassured that we have extensive experience in dealing with protests and that we will use officers specially trained to deal with this type of incident.

He echoed Elphicke's comments, saying that anyone wishing to attend the protest should be aware of the risks associated with the virus.

The total number of migrants who crossed the sea to the UK in 2020 is now more than 5,600.

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