UK police on alert as far right group protests

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The Independent Online

More than 1,000 police officers are being deployed in Luton as a far-right group and anti-fascist protesters face off in rival demonstrations.

The English Defense League says thousands of its members will march in Luton today.



Members of left-wing group Unite Against Fascism and Muslim organizations are expected to confront them, with riot police on hand to keep the two sides apart.



The English Defense League says it is a non-racist group set up to oppose the spread of militant Islam. But at previous demonstrations its members have clashed with police, chanted anti-Muslim slogans and made Nazi salutes.

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