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Tommy Robinson-supporting ‘football hooligans’ arrive in London for ‘massive’ protest as counter-demonstrators vow to ‘stand together against attempts to divide us’

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Tommy Robinson marched with ‘massive’ crowds of supporters through central London today, as counter-protestors organised along the same path.

The protest will set off from the Victoria area at about 1pm, ending up in Parliament Square, where speeches will take place and a film will be shown.

Groups from across the UK linked to football disorder are expected to attend the event organised by Mr Robinson, real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon, the Metropolitan Police said. 

Conditions have been imposed under the Public Order Act requiring all those taking part to form up in an agreed area, to follow a pre-agreed route and to remain in Parliament Square for the subsequent assembly. The conditions are in place to prevent serious disruption or serious disorder, the force said.

Mr Robinson posted a video on X in which he called for people to join him on the march and said it will be “massive”.

A static counter-protest, organised by Stand Up To Racism, will take place in Whitehall from midday.

People gather outside Victoria Station in London, ahead of a protest march organised by Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon

People gather outside Victoria Station in London, ahead of a protest march organised by Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon

Conditions have been imposed on that protest requiring those taking part to remain in the allocated area in Whitehall which is the section opposite Downing Street, adjacent to Richmond Terrace.

Stand Up To Racism posted on its website saying they will “stand together against attempts to divide us”.

The Met Police said officers will be deployed “in significant numbers” to ensure those in Parliament Square and those in Whitehall do not come together.

More than 2,000 police officers will be on duty on Saturday, policing the protests as well as the Champions League Final at Wembley and related fan events, the force said.

The Champions League Final, between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, kicks off at Wembley at 8pm.

The Uefa Champions League Festival, which is taking place across five central London locations including Trafalgar Square, began on Thursday and is set to continue until Sunday. It will be open in Trafalgar Square between 11am and 5pm on Saturday.

T/Commander Louise Puddefoot said: “Officers have been in discussion with the organisers of both protests in recent weeks. Our priority is to ensure those exercising their right to lawful protest, both in the main march and as part of the counter protest, can do so safely.

“Officers will police these demonstrations, as they always do, without fear or favour – keeping participants and the wider public safe, and responding decisively to criminal offences and any attempt to cause serious disruption.





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