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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Police braced for clashes between Bradford protesters [Yorkshire Post]

- Published Date: 26 August 2010

POLICE are making preparations for a demonstration in Bradford which could see clashes between a far-right group and their opponents.

West Yorkshire Police are planning for possible trouble on Saturday between the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism.

Home Secretary Theresa May authorised a blanket ban on marches in the city, but the two groups are still expected to hold static demonstrations.

Locations have now been confirmed, with the EDL demonstration taking place in the city's Urban Gardens, while Unite Against Fascism/We Are Bradford will hold a protest at the Crown Court Plaza.

A community celebration event called Be Bradford - Peaceful Together is also taking place at Infirmary Fields.

A police spokesman said: "There will be a significant, high-profile policing operation in place in order to ensure public safety.

"West Yorkshire Police's role is to facilitate peaceful protest. If anyone commits a criminal offence they will be dealt with fairly but firmly. The police will not tolerate damage to the city or acts of violence."

The proposed demonstrations have raised fears of a possible repeat of the devastating 2001 riots following an attempted march by the National Front

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