LONDON (AP) — Far-right protesters clashed with police Saturday in the English port of Dover, where thousands of migrants have arrived in recent months after crossing the Channel in small boats.
Dozens of anti-immigrant demonstrators, some wearing Union Jack face masks, blocked a main road, singing “Rule, Britannia!” as they marched in the middle of the road. The song has sparked debate over its celebration of the British Empire at a time when critics are reevaluating the nation’s colonial past.
Some protesters scuffled with police near the entrance to the town’s harbor. Police said nine people were arrested.
Anti-racism protesters held a rival demonstration in the town to say asylum-seekers were welcome.