English Defence League Sing "Rule Britannia" as they protest and clash with police In Dover over migrants

Clashes between anti-migrant demonstrators and police broke out during a day of protests in Dover.

English Defence League Sing “Rule Britannia”: EDL Protesters brought traffic on a busy dual carriageway to a standstill for more than an hour while they marched and sang Rule, Britannia.

At least nine people were carted off to police cells for various offences, including  racially aggravated public order, violent disorder and assaulting an emergency worker.

Earlier in the day anti-racism activists gathered to stand in solidarity with people making the dangerous Channel crossing.

Demonstrations both against and in support of migrant arrivals took place amid a heavy police presence. On what was a sunny day in the  port of Dover.

Officers were drafted in from as far afield as Norfolk to help maintain order.

Dozens of EDL protesters assembled on Dover seafront yesterday before marching towards the harbour.

Many wore Union Jack face coverings and carried flags, while others had banners criticising the UK’s immigration policy.

Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate

Some shouted “freedom” and “get these scum off our streets” as they moved along the seafront.

As they emerged on to the A20, a vital artery for trade delivery vehicles entering and leaving the port. They were met by at least 100 officers.

The group’s march blocked the busy road for more than an hour. With cars and lorries grinding to a halt as the group moved towards the town centre.

There were other sporadic clashes between the anti-migrant protesters and police. As the line of officers pushed them towards the junction with York Street.

Officers on horseback were among dozens squeezing the protesters along the A20. And then up towards the railway station, where the last of the anti-migrant crowd dispersed.

Kent Police said they had made at least nine arrests. Including for racially aggravated public order, violent disorder and assaulting an emergency worker.

Inquiries are under way to identify any further offences, the police force said.

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