British police arrested 10 people after anti-immigration protesters clashed with officers in the UK channel port city of Dover on Saturday.
The BBC has reported that more than 5,000 people have crossed the English Channel in 2020; however, the British government wants asylum-seekers to take the legal route even though the country’s re-settlement programme has been suspended because of lockdown measures.
Some of the leaders of the far right protest tried to warn off police by shouting “you touch any of these people and we’ll sue you”; however police still booked some individuals on suspicion of racially aggravated public order, violent disorder and assaulting an emergency worker.
Some people stayed out of the scuffles and distanced themselves even if they agreed with the general sentiment.
“The people quite rightly in this country, quite rightly believe that our country is under invasion. They’re expressing it quite violently here in a lot of ways. But people are angry,” said Dave Moreland, the former spokesman of Home Affairs for the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Peaceful counter protests were organized in response to the anti-immigration gathering, where some expressed displeasure about the whole situation.
“It grieves me greatly to see the stupid rhetoric of people who should know better,” said Becky Sawbridge, a counter protester.
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