Wednesday, February 21

Protesters block A20 into Dover


 

 

Nine people have been arrested after anti-migrant protesters clashed with police and blocked a dual carriageway into Dover.

Rival groups assembled in the coastal town in Kent to demonstrate over the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats.

Kent Police said the arrests were for alleged offences including racially aggravated public order, violent disorder and assaulting an emergency worker.

Many protesters wore Union flag face masks and carried banners, while some shouted “England til I die” and sang Rule, Britannia.

At one point, several officers were seen restraining a person on the ground. There have been other sporadic clashes, with at least 100 police officers at the scene by the A20.

Earlier, a group of around 60 people shouting anti-migrant slogans were seen moving along Dover seafront. It is thought that groups from across the country have travelled to Dover.

Meanwhile, pro-migrant activists gathered in Market Square in the town in a demonstration organised by the Kent Anti Racism Network.

Addressing a crowd of about 100 people, Peter Keenan from Kent Refugee Help said when society sees those who are fleeing war and turns them away, that says something about the state of your society.

He added: We are not those people. We are standing up and welcoming people who are in desperate circumstances fleeing from awful situations.

On Friday night the words Rise above fear. Refugees welcome were beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.