EDL supporters chant 'RIP Lee Rigby' in Newcastle

Several hundred English Defence League (EDL) supporters gathered on the steps of St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Newcastle to protest against the killing of a British soldier last week.

Some sang "I'm English til I die" and were honked by passing van drivers.

EDL supporters outside St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Newcastle
EDL supporters outside St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Newcastle Credit: ITV News / Ben Chapman

Chants of "Whose streets? Our streets" and "RIP Lee Rigby" rang out and one protester carried a flag bearing the name of the killed British soldier.

Police were present in large numbers watching the demonstration grow.

EDL supporters carry St George's flags
EDL supporters carry St George's flags Credit: ITV News / Ben Chapman
A protester carries a flag beraring the name of Lee Rigby, the British soldier killed in Woolwich
A protester carries a flag beraring the name of Lee Rigby, the British soldier killed in Woolwich Credit: ITV News / Ben Chapman

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Protests over Woolwich attack

Supporters of the English Defence League has been holding demonstrations in Newcastle and Manchester in response to the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich last week. There have also been some counter-protests.