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Rival protesters face off in London

Sunday, June 02, 2013 - 00:40

June 2 - Police separate around 150 far-right demonstrators from a much larger anti-racism protest in London following the killing of a British soldier. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Police intervened to separate about 150 far-right protesters from a much larger anti-racism demo in central London on Saturday (June 1) to stop them from coming to blows over the killing of a British soldier on a busy street last week. A number of protests and counter-protests have taken place in the wake of the May 22 killing of Lee Rigby, a serving soldier and veteran of the war in Afghanistan, which the authorities are treating as a terrorist incident. Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo are now in custody on suspicion of killing Rigby. Adebowale has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm. Small but noisy far-right groups have taken to the streets several times since Rigby's killing to express anti-Muslim views. Their actions have been widely condemned and police, politicians and religious leaders have appealed for calm. The protest by the far-right British National Party (BNP) near the Houses of Parliament was dwarfed by a counter-demonstration by a group called Unite Against Fascism (UAF). Rigby's family issued a statement on Friday (May 31) saying his death should not be used as a pretext for reprisal attacks against Muslims.

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Rival protesters face off in London

Sunday, June 02, 2013 - 00:40