The protesters, included activists of "The English Defense League”, and sparked clashes with police. British nationalists arrived by bus and gathered in Leicester from other cities. They gathered at the same place where representatives of the left were holding a counter-demonstration organized by the organization "Unite Against Fascism," which aims to stop the growing influence of right-wing forces in the UK. Currently security forces are able to control the participants of the two demonstrations and prevent further clashes between them.
The group of right wing extremists also provoked clashes with residents of the black community of Leicester and people of Asian descent, including many Pakistanis.
Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in England. White Britons make up 58 percent of its population. The other residents are mostly immigrants from South Asia, Africa, India, China and Poland.