Supporters of a far-right Hungarian political party were blocked from leaving a Tube station today as anti-fascists protested against their planned rally.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside Holborn station in central London to oppose supporters of the Jobbik Party, which is accused of holding strong anti-semitic views and fuelling hatred against Jewish and Roma communities.
Police officers lined up at the entrances to the station and erected barriers to prevent clashes between the groups, as anti-fascist campaigners waving placards chanted "Nazi scum, off our streets".
"The leader of Jobbik, the Hungarian fascist party, Gabor Vona, plans to speak in London this Sunday 26 January 2014. He wants to drum up support among London’s Hungarian community and Nazi BNP members ahead of May’s European elections.
Vona will use his visit to meet leaders of the British National Party and the Greek Golden Dawn movement, whose members have expressed admiration for Hitler.
UAF is calling a counter protest on Sunday. We are urging all anti-fascists and anti racists to join us. It is vital we denounce this meeting of hate and oppose any lash up of Nazi parties across Europe."
Anti-fascists will today protest against a political rally being held in central London by a far-right Hungarian political party.
Gabor Vona, leader of the Jobbik Party, which is accused of holding strong anti-semitic views and fuelling hatred, is due to stage the event in Holborn this afternoon.
Unite Against Fascism have urged all anti-fascists and anti-racists to join today's protest.
"UAF has played a central role in driving back fascism in Britain. Jobbik's fascist hatred has no place in a modern society here, or in the rest of Europe.
"Wherever fascists have a presence, racist, anti-semitic and Islamophobic attacks increase.
We call on all democrats to reject Jobbik this Sunday."
– Sabby Dhalu, Unite Against Fascism
It comes after London Assembly member and former Labour MP Andrew Dismore - who founded Holocaust Memorial Day - wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May demanding that Mr Vona be banned from holding the rally.
Jobbik say the event is a forum for Hungarian citizens ahead of a forthcoming election.
"This is a forum for Hungarian citizens. This is not to do with anyone else.
"There are lots of Hungarians living in London and the election is coming up in Hungary."