Police clash with anti-immigration protesters blocking dual carriageway as they march towards Dover


Police clash with anti-immigration protesters blocking dual carriageway as they march towards Dover where 100 pro-migrant activists are also holding demonstration

  • At least 40 officers are at the scene on the A20 while protesters block the road 
  • Fears of violence were voiced and local MP pleaded with people to ‘stay away’
  • Cohorts of pro and anti-immigration protestors have gathered in the Kent town 

Police clashes are ongoing in Dover as anti-immigration protestors have blocked the A20 dual carriageway in both directions while shouting ‘England ’till I die’.

Several officers were seen restraining one person on the ground before arresting them.

At least 50 officers are at the scene by the A20, which remains blocked in both directions.  

There were fears of violence ahead of today’s demonstrations with both pro and anti-immigration activists announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town. 

Rival groups have assembled in Dover to demonstrate over the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats.

Police clashes are ongoing in Dover as anti-immigration protestors have blocked the A20 dual carriageway in both directions while singing Rule, Britannia! as they march

Several officers were seen restraining one person on the ground. At least 40 officers are at the scene by the A20, which remains blocked in both directions

Several officers were seen restraining one person on the ground. At least 40 officers are at the scene by the A20, which remains blocked in both directions

Traffic on the A20 was at a standstill in both directions after protesters assembled on the road in large numbers.

Many wore Union flag face masks and carried banners. Some shouted ‘England til I die’ and sang Rule, Britannia. 

There have been other sporadic clashes with the group of at least 50 police officers by the A20.

It is thought that groups from across the country have travelled to Dover. 

It comes despite pleas from local MP Natalie Elphicke to ‘stay away’ to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

Pro and anti-immigration protesters have gathered in Dover for a large demonstration today

Pro and anti-immigration protesters have gathered in Dover for a large demonstration today

On Friday night the words ‘Rise above fear. Refugees welcome’ were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.

A heavy police presence is in place in the town, with large concentrations of officers in Market Square and the railway station.

A cohort of officers on horseback are among those monitoring the situation.

Various groups had announced their intention to travel to Dover on Saturday to protest for or against migrant crossings.

Pro-migrant activists gathered in Market Square in a demonstration organised by Kent Anti Racism Network.

There were fears of violence ahead of today's demonstrations with both pro and anti-immigration activists announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town

There were fears of violence ahead of today’s demonstrations with both pro and anti-immigration activists announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town

Rival groups have assembled in Dover to demonstrate over the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats

Rival groups have assembled in Dover to demonstrate over the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats 

Addressing a crowd of about 100, Peter Keenan from Kent Refugee Help said when society sees people who are fleeing war and turns them away ‘that says something about the state of your society’.

He continued: ‘We are not those people. We are standing up and welcoming people who are in desperate circumstances fleeing from awful situations.’

A group of around 60 people shouting ‘freedom’ and ‘get these scum off our streets’ were seen moving along Dover seafront.

Many were carrying Union flags and wearing face masks decorated in the colours.

A heavy police presence is in place in the town, with large concentrations of officers in Market Square and the railway station

A heavy police presence is in place in the town, with large concentrations of officers in Market Square and the railway station

A cohort of officers on horseback are among those monitoring the situation

A cohort of officers on horseback are among those monitoring the situation

Various groups had announced their intention to travel to Dover on Saturday to protest for or against migrant crossings

Various groups had announced their intention to travel to Dover on Saturday to protest for or against migrant crossings

Meanwhile, others were expected to try and ‘shut the port down’ by driving slowly along roads and potentially trying to block harbour entrances with boats.

Anti-racist group Hope Not Hate had raised concerns in advance of the event that there will be violence and that splintered elements of the British far-right may also travel to Dover.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Brookes from Kent Police said: ‘As a force, it is our responsibility to facilitate peaceful protests, however we will not tolerate violence or disorder.

‘Anyone planning to visit Dover with the intention of committing offences should be aware they are not welcome here and that we will seek to prosecute anyone who breaks the law.’

The total number of migrants who have crossed the sea to Britain in 2020 is now more than 5,600.

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