Right-Wing, Pro-Trump Protests Turn Violent in London, Multiple Arrests Reported

Lester Mason
July 15, 2018

Violent outbursts saw a dozen people detained by police in London as they attempted to keep to demonstrations under control.

The force said the two arrested Saturday were suspected of public order offenses.

A further eight men were arrested on suspicion of assault at Storey's Gate in Westminster.

A Unite Against Fascism counter-protest has also had conditions imposed and must assemble south of a police barrier in Parliament Street after noon and finish by 6.30pm.

Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the RMT [National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers], was assaulted by supporters of the U.S. president and Robinson, according to anti-fascism campaigners Hope Not Hate, but the perpetrators could not be immediately verified independently.

The sources said Robinson's supporters, who have also been in touch with the Trump administration about the issue, were concerned that he could be attacked by other prisoners.

There was controversy a year ago, when Trump retweeted an anti-Islam message by the leader Britain First, a far-right British political party which has campaigned alongside Robinson.

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                    US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Joshua Roberts Reuters US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback

Several hundred English far-right activists applauded and cheered on Saturday when a large cut out picture of U.S. President Donald Trump was unveiled during a march through central London.

Sam Brownback, President Trump's Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, reportedly asked Britain's Sir Kim Darroch to treat the counter-extremism activist more sympathetically, or the us administration may feel compelled to publicly criticise Britain's handling of his case, according to two sources in contact with the organisers of a "Free Tommy" demonstration held on July 14th.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was given a 13 month prison sentence in May for contempt of court after filming himself and others outside the trial of a child grooming gang in Leeds while making comments that could have prejudiced the case.

The protest comes one day after massive anti-Trump protests in London.

Brownback raised the case of the activist known as Tommy Robinson, in a June meeting with Sir Kim Darroch, Britain's Ambassador to the United States, according to a British official and two sources close to the organizers of a pro-Robinson demonstration planned in London on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police said Trump supporters were due to leave the US Embassy and meet Robinson fans on the way to Whitehall, but ordered both must depart Temple Place and follow a strict route after "serious violence" at a June 9 march resulted in five officers being injured.

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