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Football lads charge at police as far-right march turns violent

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A silent march organised by the far-right Democratic Football Lads Alliance in central London has erupted into violent scenes.

Hundreds of supporters were walking from Park Lane to Whitehall, but some of them started to push through their police escorts.

Many could be heard chanting whose streets? Our streets? as they marched down Pall Mall.

? Licensed to London News Pictures. 13/10/2018. London, UK. The Democratic Football Lads Alliance clash with a counter demonstration organised by Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism. The FLA were due to hold a silent march in Central London. Strict conditions have been imposed upon the march to prevent 'serious disorder' following previous demonstrations. Photo credit : Tom Nicholson/LNP

A far-right march has turned violent in central London (Picture: Tom Nicholson/LNP)

A police officer is dismounted as he helps stop a breakaway from the main Football Lads Alliance march, as they attempt to get close to a rival anti-fascist demonstration in London, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

A police officer is dismounted as he helps stop a breakaway from the main group (Picture: AP)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Penelope Barritt/REX (9930517h) The Democratic Football lads Alliance march from Park Lane to Whitehall to protest against migrant crimes and the establishment and media silence. The DFLA claim to oppose all forms of terrorism and extremism and stand up against grooming gangs up and down the country. At the same time a Unity demonstration is taking place to oppose the DFLA demonstration. Democratic Football Lads Alliance march, London, UK - 13 Oct 2018

The Democratic Football lads Alliance march from Park Lane to Whitehall to protest against migrant crimes, the establishment and media silence (Picture: Penelope Barritt/REX)

Police stop a breakaway from the main Football Lads alliance march, as they attempt to get close to a rival anti-facist demonstration in London, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Police stop a breakaway from the main Football Lads alliance march, as they attempt to get close to a rival anti-facist demonstration (Picture: AP)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Penelope Barritt/REX/Shutterstock (9930517s) The Democratic Football lads Alliance march from Park Lane to Whitehall to protest against migrant crimes and the establishment and media silence. The DFLA claim to oppose all forms of terrorism and extremism and stand up against grooming gangs up and down the country. At the same time a Unity demonstration is taking place to oppose the DFLA demonstration. Democratic Football Lads Alliance march, London, UK - 13 Oct 2018

There have been threats to kill police officers (Picture: Penelope Barritt/REX)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Penelope Barritt/REX (9930517m) The Democratic Football lads Alliance march from Park Lane to Whitehall to protest against migrant crimes and the establishment and media silence. The DFLA claim to oppose all forms of terrorism and extremism and stand up against grooming gangs up and down the country. At the same time a Unity demonstration is taking place to oppose the DFLA demonstration. Democratic Football Lads Alliance march, London, UK - 13 Oct 2018

On Facebook, the march organisers had said they were protesting returning jihadists, thousands of Awol migrants, rape gangs and groomers (Picture: Penelope Barritt/REX)

Dozens could be seen fighting with officers, with one seen threatening a policeman and screaming Ill kill you, while several hostile-looking men had to be held back from joining in the fighting by their friends.

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Scores of police on horseback and wearing riot gear tried to control the swelling groups with police vans trying to block them in.

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A spokesperson for the Met Police told Metro.co.uk that one person has so far been arrested.

On Facebook, the march organisers had said they were protesting returning jihadists, thousands of Awol migrants, rape gangs and groomers, and veterans treated like traitors.

Meanwhile, police were deployed at Trafalgar Square to keep the Football Lads from a group of counter-demonstrators, including some who shouted Nazi scum, off our streets!

Massive police operation for march and rallies by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and counter demonstrations in central London. Featuring: Atmosphere, View Where: London, United Kingdom When: 13 Oct 2018 Credit: Wheatley/WENN

A massive police operation is underway (Picture: Wheatley/WENN)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Penelope Barritt/REX (9930517a) The Democratic Football lads Alliance march from Park Lane to Whitehall to protest against migrant crimes and the establishment and media silence. The DFLA claim to oppose all forms of terrorism and extremism and stand up against grooming gangs up and down the country. At the same time a Unity demonstration is taking place to oppose the DFLA demonstration. Democratic Football Lads Alliance march, London, UK - 13 Oct 2018

The march was initially intended to be silent (Picture: Penelope Barritt/REX)

Massive police operation for march and rallies by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and counter demonstrations in central London. Featuring: Atmosphere, View Where: London, United Kingdom When: 13 Oct 2018 Credit: Wheatley/WENN

Reports suggest the counter protesters numbers are greater than those of the Football Lads Association (Picture: Wheatley/WENN)

Alamy Live News. PW63NE Westminster, London, UK. 13th October 2018. The right wing DFLA are marching towards Parliament in protest against returning Jihadists, treatment of veterans, migrants, rape gangs and groomers, weak sentencing, knife crime, police cuts, political cover-ups and terrorism. Regarded as racist by other groups such as 'Stand Up to Racism', an opposition march has been organised beginning in Portland Place to also head towards Parliament. Scuffles with police took place. Credit: Avpics / Alamy Live News This is an Alamy Live News image and may not be part of your current Alamy deal . If you are unsure, please contact our sales team to check.

So far, one has been arrested (Picture: Avpics / Alamy Live News)

Massive police operation for march and rallies by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance and counter demonstrations in central London. Featuring: Atmosphere, View Where: London, United Kingdom When: 13 Oct 2018 Credit: Wheatley/WENN

The group are being kept away from a group of counter-protesters in Trafalgar Square (Picture: Wheatley/WENN

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