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A tense stand-off took place in Newcastle city centre as groups defending refugees gathered to oppose the demo arranged by the English Defence League
Far-right demonstrators took to the streets today demanding repatriation of immigrants in the wake of the Brexit vote.
A tense stand-off took place in Newcastle city centre as groups defending refugees gathered to oppose the demo.
Supporters of the Newcastle Unites group gathered at The Monument, chanting “Refugees Welcome” and “Nazis out”.
Opposite stood members of the English Defence League, North East Infidels and National Front who shouted their counter arguments.
The protest wasn’t dampened by the pouring rain and the event remained vocal, the Newcastle Chronicle reports .
Meanwhile, campaigners from Migration and Asylum Justice Forum marched from Stanhope Street, past St James’ Park and ended at the Monument, alongside the other protestors.
Shoppers watched as police had to occasionally step in to calm things down.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We have been made aware that three protest events are due to take place in Newcastle city centre today.
“They will all be based around the Greys monument area of the city and will run between 11am and 3pm.
“We have spoken to the organisers of all events and are aware of their intended routes.
“We are expecting extra people in the city centre during these times and although we do not anticipate the events causing any disruption to traffic or pedestrians the centre may be busier than normal.
“We will have officers in the city centre to ensure the events pass safely and with minimal disruption to the public."
A Newcastle Unites statement afterwards said: "After 3 hours the fascists left sodden and demoralised. They could not be heard over the “Refugees Welcome” and “Nazis out” chants.
"We would like to thank everyone who turned out today and stood up to racism. When we turn our back on hatred it escalates. Fascism will never win."
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