Anti-migrant protesters clash with police in Dover

Anti-migrant protesters have clashed with police and blocked a dual carriageway.

Rival groups have assembled in Dover to demonstrate over the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats.

Traffic on the A20 was at a standstill in both directions after protesters assembled on the road in large numbers.

Many wore Union flag face masks and carried banners. Some shouted "England til I die" and sang Rule, Britannia.

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A man, restrained on the ground by police, is arrested, whilst other officers create a cordon to keep back anti-migrant protesters who are demonstrating in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.
A man, restrained on the ground by police, is arrested, whilst other officers create a cordon to keep back anti-migrant protesters who are demonstrating in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.
A man, restrained on the ground by police, is arrested, whilst other officers create a cordon to keep back anti-migrant protesters who are demonstrating in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.
Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.
Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.
Pro-migrant supporters during a 'solidarity stand' in Dover's Market Square in support of the refugees crossing the Channel to Kent. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Supporters of migrant's rights gather with placards in Dover on the south-east coast of England, on September 5, 2020, as pro-and anti-migrant demonstrations take place in the town. - Nearly 1,500 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Britain by small boats in August, according to an analysis by the domestic Press Association news agency. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of migrant's rights gather with placards in Dover on the south-east coast of England, on September 5, 2020, as pro-and anti-migrant demonstrations take place in the town. - Nearly 1,500 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Britain by small boats in August, according to an analysis by the domestic Press Association news agency. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Pro-migrant supporters during a 'solidarity stand' in Dover's Market Square in support of the refugees crossing the Channel to Kent. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
A supporter of migrant's rights holds up a placard at a protest in Dover on the south-east coast of England, on September 5, 2020, as pro-and anti-migrant demonstrations take place in the town. - Nearly 1,500 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Britain by small boats in August, according to an analysis by the domestic Press Association news agency. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Pro-migrant supporters during a 'solidarity stand' in the Market Square, Dover, in support of the refugees crossing the Channel to Kent. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
Supporters of migrant's rights gather with placards in Dover on the south-east coast of England, on September 5, 2020, as pro-and anti-migrant demonstrations take place in the town. - Nearly 1,500 migrants and asylum seekers arrived in Britain by small boats in August, according to an analysis by the domestic Press Association news agency. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
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At one point several officers were seen restraining a person on the ground.

The individual was later arrested, police told the PA new agency.

There have been other sporadic clashes with the group of at least 50 police officers by the A20.

It is thought that groups from across the country have travelled to Dover.

A heavy police presence was also in place in the town, with a large concentration of officers in Market Square, where pro-migrant activists made their stand.

Addressing a crowd of about 100, Peter Keenan from Kent Refugee Help said when society sees people who are fleeing war and turns them away "that says something about the state of your society".

He continued: "We are not those people. We are standing up and welcoming people who are in desperate circumstances fleeing from awful situations."

Officers on horseback were among those monitoring the situation.

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