Police attend anti-racism protest at Guildhall Square as far-right group turns up

Anti-racism protest at Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

Anti-racism protest at Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

The hustings at Portsmouth College - from left:  David Carpenter (college governor), Gerald Vernon-Jackson (Lib Dems), Ian McCulloch (Green), Steve Fitzgerald (college teacher and chair), Stephen Morgan (Labour), Kevan Chippindall-Higgin (Ukip) and Penny Mordaunt (Cons)   Picture: Heather Eggelton

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ANTI-racism supporters held a protest this morning in Portsmouth which had to be attended by police after a far-right group also turned up.

Today, around 30 police officers were at Guildhall Square to keep the two groups apart.

Around eight members of the far-right movement the Pie and Mash Squad, dressed in masks, lined the square shouting while people supporting the Portsmouth Anti-Fascists made chants from the Guildhall steps.

The protest lasted around 30 minutes.

One of the anti-racism supporters said: ‘We held the protest to make a stand against racism.

‘It is quite well-known there has been an increase in racism and we want to make a public showing against that.’

The protest comes as Stand Up To Racism held a conference in London today.

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