You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Tommy Robinson protest: Clashes break out as thousands of activists descend on Whitehall

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/07/2018 Tom Powell

a group of people wearing costumes and standing in front of a crowd: robinsonprotest1407b.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited robinsonprotest1407b.jpg Thousands of protestors have descended on Whitehall for a rally in support of jailed far-right activist Tommy Robinson.

The rally joined forces with a small procession of Donald Trump supporters who had marched from the US Embassy in Battersea to mark the US president’s visit.

Police had issued restrictions on both demonstrations amid fears violence could break out when they united.

Leaflets were distributed to activists explaining that anyone who contravened the timings and location set out for the protests could face arrest and prosecution.

a group of people wearing costumes: robinsonprotest1407c.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited robinsonprotest1407c.jpg

Reports suggested between 2-3,000 Tommy Robinson protesters turned up at Whitehall for the demonstration, with a heavy police presence on hand to help stop clashes breaking out.

a crowd of people © Provided by Independent Print Limited

A separate anti-fascist counter protest was taking place south of a barrier in Parliament Street, with a heavy police presence aiming to stop clashes breaking out.

Pictures from the scene showed officers restraining activists, while one man could be seen angrily waving a large stick.

a man standing in front of a crowd: robinsonprotest1407e.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited robinsonprotest1407e.jpg

There were shouts of “free Tommy Robinson” as crowds gathered around Westminster station from 2pm onwards.

Sigi Schmid et al. standing in front of a crowd: robinsonprotest1407d.jpg © Provided by Independent Print Limited robinsonprotest1407d.jpg

The former leader of the EDL, 35, was jailed for 13 months for contempt of court after filming people involved in a criminal trial and broadcasting the footage on social media.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Evening Standard

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon