A neo-Nazi rally in central London on Saturday afternoon was met with a larger counter-protest by Jewish and anti-racism groups.
Only about two dozen people showed up for the neo-Nazi demonstration ostensibly against the “Jewification” of London’s Golders Green neighborhood — where the protest was originally scheduled to be held — and Shomrim, the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood watch group. The area has a Jewish population of 40 percent.
Authorities moved the rally to Richmond Terrace in Westminster instead, fearing public disorder.
The new location was secured by some 200 police officers who cordoned off an area for the neo-Nazis.
They displayed Palestinian and Confederate flags and waved several national banners, including those with the “White Pride” slogan.
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The neo-Nazis were soon outnumbered by counter-protesters, numbering some 200, and shouting slogans such as: “Nazis off our streets” and “We are black, white, Asian and we’re Jews, and there’s many, many more of us than you,” according to a report in the Evening Standard.
They also held banners that read “Never Again. No to the Nazis”, and displayed an Israeli flag.
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The protests ended at 2 p.m. local time.
On Friday, a rally organized by the London Jewish Forum and Hope Not Hate against the anticipated neo-Nazi protest — under the slogan “Golders Green Together” — proved more divisive over the display of Israeli flags.
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