|August 8th, 2009||#1|
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33 arrests at anti-Islamic protest; ongoing
First things first:
Police in Birmingham have arrested 33 people during protests by anti-fascists and a group demonstrating against Islamic fundamentalism.
One protest involved a group known as Casuals United, which police said were made up of local football fans.
Another "counter-protest" in the city centre was organised by Unite Against Fascism, West Midlands Police said.
The protest, which began at 1800 (BST), is ongoing and police said disorder had been sporadic.
A police spokeswoman said public safety was an "absolute priority".
Speaking before the demonstration on the West Midlands Police website, Superintendent Matt Ward said there had been a similar protest against Islamic fundamentalism a month before which 70 to 90 people attended.
He said the police wanted to balance the rights of protesters with retailers and shoppers who wanted to use the city centre for their normal business.
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