Published On: Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 on 5:32 pm

EDL demonstration in Leeds ends with ‘minimal disruptions’

EDL Leeds Demo

A demonstration held in Leeds by the far-right English Defence League (EDL) has ended with minimal disruptions.

Around 40 to 50 EDL supporters took part in a demonstration today to highlight what they believe is an ‘escalating problem of grooming gangs’ in Yorkshire.

Protesters arrived in Leeds at around 11am, marched in the city centre with supervision from the local force, chanted “E-E-EDL” as well as anti-Islamic slogans, and gathered at Leeds City Square for speeches.

One EDL supporter, seemingly drunk, was escorted out of City Square when speeches had finished at 12pm.

Protesters later set off to Rotherham for the second part of the dual-demo.

A counter-demonstration was held by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) on Briggate.

Mick Hooson, spokesperson for the Leeds UAF, said the counter-demonstration was to show the EDL “did not represent the people of Leeds” and were “not welcome”.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The significant planning and partnership work alongside Leeds City Council prior to today’s demonstration has resulted in a successful and professional policing operation.

“I am proud of the way the people of Leeds responded, which made sure that the event passed peacefully and with minimal disruption.”

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