Around 20 members of the Portsmouth English Defence League staged a protest tonight outside the Jami mosque in Southsea.
With one placard reading ‘terrorists are being radicalised here,’ they say they are protesting because young men from Portsmouth have gone to Syria to fight with al-Qaeda linked groups.
A counter demonstration by Unite against Fascism was held next to the mosque in Victoria Road North.
There were around 16 in the counter-protest, who said they came to defend the mosque.
Members of Portsmouth EDL gathered opposite the mosque at around 7pm and, after no trouble, the protests ended by around 9pm.