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In Pictures: Unite Against Fascism counter demo

Anti-fascist protestors gathered at 11am in Victoria Square. Credit: ITV News Central
Speakers argued for unity in action against the EDL. Credit: ITV News Central
The Unite Against Fascism counter demo later took place in Chamberlain Square. Credit: ITV News Central
Numbers diminished by the early afternoon as the rain arrived. Credit: ITV News Central

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Unite Against Facism gather for counter demo in Birmingham

Members of Unite Against Facism are gathering in Birmingham City Centre this lunchtime as rival group EDL stage a protest in the city.

Police have given both groups specific areas to hold their protests. Both demonstrations must be over by 3pm.

Report: Birmingham prepares for major EDL protest

Police are insisting it's business as usual in Birmingham city centre during today's EDL & UAF demonstrations, but hundreds of extra officers have been drafted in from all over the country to deal with any potential trouble.

Here's Mark Gough's report on how the city has been preparing for the protests.

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Religious Leaders unite as EDL protest in Birmingham

Faith leaders in Birmingham say the EDL is not welcome in the city.

Today, hundreds of protesters from the English Defence League will stage a protest in the city centre at the same time as members of Unite Against Facism stage a counter demonstration.

"The best thing we can do as a city is treat it like any other Saturday, because it is just any other Saturday. We are Birmingham, and together we show the world every day how our diversity helps us thrive."

– Faith leaders in Birmingham Statement

Police: 'Business as usual' during EDL & UAF protests

Map showing locations of EDL & UAF protests

Map showing locations of EDL and UAF rallies in Birmingham city centre today Credit: ITV News Central

This map shows the location of protests by the English Defence League and a counter demonstration by Unite Against Fascism in Birmingham city centre this afternoon.

Both static protests will take place between 1.00pm and 3.00pm, but at different locations in the city.

The English Defence League will meet in Bar Risa on Broad Street from 11.00am, then be escorted by police to Centenary Square for its demonstration at around 12:45pm.

Unite Against Fascism will hold their event in Chamberlain Square next to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Hundreds of police are being deployed to make sure both events pass off peacefully.

Police prepare for EDL and UAF protests in Birmingham

Specialist protest liaison police officers, wearing blue uniforms, will play a huge role in policing the protest marches of the EDL and UAF in Birmingham today.

They will act as the central link between the groups’ leaders and the senior officer overseeing the operation for West Midland Police.

Hundreds of officers are lining the streets this morning in preparation for the arrival of both groups. The protests will take place between 11am and 3pm.

Police and Liaison officers line the streets of Birmingham ahead of march by the EDL and counter protest by UAF. Credit: ITV News Central
Riot vans and Police officers in Gas Street in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central
Officers gather for briefings on Broad Street in Birmingham ahead of EDL demo Credit: ITV News Central
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