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Police and Kirklees Council have thanked the residents of Batley for their support after today's demonstrations in the town centre. Both the EDL and We Are Batley events passed off peacefully with up to 350 EDL members demonstrating outside the town hall and no more than 60 We Are Batley counter demonstrators gathering on the New Way car park. No arrests were made at the demonstration itself.
A counter demonstration has been held to counter an English Defence League rally which took place in Batley today.
Organised by Kirklees Unite Against Fascism and Huddersfield TUC, the Celebration of Unity event was described as a "peaceful, anti-racist" gathering with music and speeches.
Batley councillors, politicians, Muslim leaders and the Bishop of Pontefract the Rt Rev Tony Robinson have all signed a Batley Unity Statement opposing the EDL rally.
Around two hundred English Defence League (EDL) supporters have attended a rally in Batley.
Hundreds of police officers from West Yorkshire and beyond were drafted into Batley for the demo by the right-wing group.
Traders were told that up to 700 police officers were put on standby to help prevent trouble.
The Yorkshire EDL Batley Division called a national demonstration in protest at what they say is the growing influence of Islam and English people "treated as second class citizens."