In Pictures: Thousands take to London streets in rival protests

Thousands of people have turned out for two rival protest marches in central London.

Ukip organised a “Brexit Betrayal” march against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Deal, which included leader Gerard Batten and the party’s new adviser Tommy Robinson. The the former English Defence League leader is also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

Their march was countered by an anti-fascist demonstration organised by Stand Up To Racism.

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But there was also a counter-demonstration that was bigger than the Brexit march.

The counter demo is now making its way down Haymarket, continuing to chant “There are many many more of us than you”. pic.twitter.com/NqjF1r5BmE

— Catherine Wylie (@wyliecatherine) December 9, 2018

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Despite efforts to keep the two groups of protesters apart, clashes did break out.

Rival protesters clash in Trafalgar Square
Rival protesters clash in Trafalgar Square
Police officers holding truncheons attempt to keep the crowds under control
Police officers holding truncheons attempt to keep the crowds under control
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Clashes break out
Tommy Robinson addressing the rally
Tommy Robinson addressing the rally