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Mer enn 1000 personer som demonstrerte for den fengslede aktivisten Tommy Robinson ved Downing Street i London, havnet lørdag i sammenstøt med politiet i den britiske metropolen, skriver Daily Mail.

His supporters have gathered in huge numbers at a series of protests outside Downing Street, Leeds Crown Court and even at British embassies in Europe.

More than 593,000 people have also signed a petition urging Theresa May to intervene and set him free.

Demonstrantene krevde at Robinson blir løslatt etter å ha blitt dømt til 13 måneders fengsel fordi han filmet utenfor rettslokalet i Leeds, og før demonstrasjonen holdt det nederlandske Frihetspartiets (PVV) leder Geert Wilders, som i 2009 ble nektet innreise til Storbritannia, en tale.

Speaking at the demonstration Wilders said: ‘I am here to tell you that you will never walk alone. And we are here to tell the world, and the UK government in particular: «Free Tommy Robinson!»‘

Wilders called Robinson a ‘staunch freedom fight’ and compared him to Winston Churchill ahead of the protest on Whitehall in London where he spoke to more than a thousand protesters.

Demonstrasjonen etterpå gikk altså ikke fredelig for seg. The Times skriver

After the speeches the crowd turned on police overseeing the event, with footage posted online showing Robinson’s supporters hurling projectiles at a small group of officers they had surrounded. Another clip showed the protesters rushing at the officers, who were forced to fall back.

Skadeomfanget er uklart, men pressebilder viser en politimann som blør i ansiktet. Ifølge Evening Standard er ingen blitt pågrepet.