UK's first 'anti-Islamisation' rally dwarfed by counter-demo

Demonstrators attend a counter-protest held adjacent to a protest by the UK branch of the Germany-based 'anti-Islamisation' PEGIDA group in the centre of Newcastle, northeast England on February 28, 2015An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement’s first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. Police in the city of Newcastle, northeast England, said five men were arrested “for isolated incidents” but insisted both the PEGIDA march and the Newcastle Unites protest passed off smoothly. Extra police had been deployed in the city, which was also hosting a Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa, and there were some angry confrontations as officers kept the two protests apart.

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