Police arrest 15 in anti-Islam demonstration

Police arrested 15 people and four officers were injured when scuffles broke out at a demonstration by about 300 members of an anti-Islam group in central England on Saturday.

In the latest protest by the right-wing English Defence League, which was formed last year to campaign against Islamic extremism, police clashed with demonstrators as they sought to separate them from a rival anti-fascist march organised by United Against Fascism. Many of the EDL demonstrators had been drinking before the march in the central town of Stoke, during which members waved placards proclaiming “Patriotism is not racism” and “Terrorists off our streets”.