19 arrested in protests against British far-right party's festival

August 15, 2009 19:26

Almost 1,000 anti-fascist protesters have demonstrated against a festival being held by the far-right British National Party. Police say they made 19 arrests after scuffles broke out during the rally in the village of Codnor, central England. Derbyshire Constabulary said Saturday's protest was largely peaceful, but a small group of protesters tried to break through a police cordon. Plastic bottles, eggs and fruit were thrown at officers. Protesters said they hoped to block roads and prevent people traveling to the BNP's annual Red, White and Blue Festival. The far-right party opposes immigration and does not accept nonwhite members. It has been emboldened by its success in June elections for the European Parliament, when it won two seats.

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