Ugly scenes as far-right supporters demonstrate in York city center

There were ugly scenes this afternoon as far-right protesters staged a rally in York city centre.

Anne Marie Waters, the anti-Muslim leader of the For Britain party, tried to make a speech to a group of her supporters in St Helena Square.

She was shouted at by a large York Stand Up To Racism group, chanting “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”.

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York Stand Up To Racism in their counter-protest

They were face to face, separated by guardrails erected by the police.

Thanks to chants from the York anti-racism rally, far-right speakers struggled to make themselves heard.

There was a large police presence around Place Sainte-Hélène.

Several of the far-right protesters made obscene gestures towards the counter-protest.

On more than one occasion the police intervened to protest against For Britain supporters.

Meanwhile, York shoppers thronged the surrounding streets.

The York Stand Up To Racism rally arrived early and was in position with signs declaring “All Refugees Welcome”.

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