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The Dover MP warns rival far-right and pro-migrant groups to stay out of the way


There is fear of violence in Dover as rival far-right and migrant-friendly groups are supposed to gather to demonstrate over migrant crossings.

The demonstrators will gather in the city on Saturday under a heavy police presence.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke has urged people to stay away from the protests amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both pro and anti-immigration activists have announced their intention to rally in Kent harbor despite local MP Natalie Elphicke asking to stay away.

Anti-racist group Hope Not Hate has raised concerns that violence will occur and that fragmented elements of the British right-wing may travel to Dover.

On Friday the words “Beyond fear. Refugees Welcome & # 39; were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover ahead of the planned protests on Saturday.

The Kent landmark was lit with a series of massive projections in support of migrant welfare.

The messages included "These cliffs are hope" and tributes to the Syrian boy Alan Kurdi on the fifth anniversary of his tragic death.

The spectacle lit up the cliffs on Friday night and was organized by the humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.

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

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

On Friday, MEP Natalie Elphickesaid said: “People are rightly angry about the number of people breaking into Britain 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.

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

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

Pictured: Anti-racism protesters chant slogans and hold placards as they block the route of a planned far-right march in Dover in 2016

Pictured: Anti-racism protesters chant slogans and hold placards as they block the route of a planned far-right march in Dover in 2016

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke, pictured in August, has asked those planning to protest in Dover to stay away amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke, pictured in August, has asked those planning to protest in Dover to stay away amid the coronavirus pandemic

A meeting organized by the Kent Anti Racism Network will take place from 11 a.m. on the market square.

The group said: “The Kent Anti Racism Network is a collective of people from all political and organizational backgrounds with a common goal: to combat racism and racists in our community.

"This weekend symbolizes that struggle, and we encourage all good people in the local community to come to us and stand up for those who arrive on our shores, as Kent proudly did when it welcomed refugees after World War II Has."

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"

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

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.

A group of migrants are pictured after being picked up by a lifeboat and brought ashore in Dover port on Wednesday

A group of migrants are pictured after being picked up by a lifeboat and brought ashore in Dover port on Wednesday

Pictured: A group of people believed to be migrants are being transferred by the RNLI to Dover, Kent on Wednesday following a small boat incident in the canal

Pictured: A group of people believed to be migrants are being transferred by the RNLI to Dover, Kent on Wednesday following a small boat incident in the canal

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

Dr. Joe Mulhall, chief research officer at Hope Not Hate, said anger built among the right 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 out on 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 the right-wing arguments with hundreds of anti-fascist activists.

Yobs threw metal bars and bottles at the anti-fascists – 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.

Pictured: market square where a group of anti-racism protesters will gather around 11 a.m. on Saturday, while a group of right-wing anti-immigration protesters will also gather in the city

Pictured: Market square where a group of anti-racism protesters will gather around 11 a.m. on Saturday, while a group of right-wing anti-immigration protesters will also gather in the city

Pictured: Police are trying to clear the way for anti-racism protesters trying to block the route of a planned far-right march through Dover in 2016

Pictured: Police are trying to clear the way for anti-racism protesters trying to block the route of a planned far-right march through Dover in 2016

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.

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.

Natalie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover (Centure), pictured with Chief Inspector Elena Hall (left) and Chief Superintendent Nigel Brookes (right). Brookes has warned protesters that the police will prosecute anyone who breaks the law during the planned protests

Natalie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover (Centure), pictured with Chief Inspector Elena Hall (left) and Chief Superintendent Nigel Brookes (right). Brookes has warned protesters that the police will prosecute anyone who breaks the law during the planned protests

“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 such events.

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

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