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Right wing activists face off against police in Dover

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Original article from Kent Live

Another right wing protest has taken hold of Dover town centre today.

Plans for the demonstration were first made on social media at the end of April via a Facebook page titled Pembrokshire Patriots.

Protesters marched through the town centre where there was a heavy police presence, just as there was for a similar protest in September last year.

Full-scale rioting also broke out from similar protests in the area back in 2016.


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The Evening Standard report that around 50 people attended the protest and chanted "English streets" as they walked.

Images and videos of the protesters flying St George's flags and brandishing banners with the slogan 'Stop The Invasion' were shared online.

The protestors also let off smoke bombs in front of the onlooking police officers.

Dover MP Natalie Elphick has condemned the small number of angry protestors who descended on Dover and blocked port traffic, causing disruption to the town.

Mrs Elphicke said: “It’s time to stop the small boats crossings but today’s protestors are not welcome in Dover.

"We don’t want them here.

"There’s no excuse for their disruption to trade and to our town.

"Time and again we see that the protestors’ day out causes direct damage to someone else’s livelihood, tourism, business and trade.

Right wing activists have faced off against police in Dover today (May 29)

"That’s not right or fair.

“Kent Police have had a challenging year – from the French closing the border to leaving the EU to coronavirus lockdowns and PCSO Julia James’ tragic death.

"They deserved a proper bank holiday break this weekend – not been sworn at by loud-mouthed protestors from London or Essex or wherever.”

Port of Dover Travel tweeted to warn people that the A20 on the approach to Dover had become blocked as a result of the protests.

As a result, lorries were forced to line up along the road and were unable to reach the important shipping terminal.

Last year's protests saw clashes with anti-riot police and 10 people were arrested as a consequence.

KentLive uses the term people when referring to those who cross the Channel and arrive on our shores.

That's because, regardless of their status at the point of entry, those moving from one country to the other are human beings.

You will have seen them commonly referred to as migrants. This is not incorrect.

The UN Migration Agency defines a migrant as – any person who is moving or has moved across an international border or within a state away from his/her habitual place of residence, regardless of the person’s legal status, whether the movement is voluntary or involuntary, what the causes for the movement are, or what the length of the stay is.

KentLive also refers to people in these circumstances as refugees.

The UN definition of refugees is – people who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and, as a result, require international protection.

The group continue to protest against the number of people seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.

Many of these people arrive on the UK shores at Dover having crossed the channel.

In a recent piece, KentLive explained what really happens when refugees try to legally claim asylum.

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