EDL protesters positioned opposite Downing Street

Around 1,000 EDL protesters then made their way along Whitehall before taking a position on the pavement across the road from Downing Street.

A smaller group of anti-fascist demonstrators gathered opposite them holding an "EDL Racists" banner.

Both sides traded insults but were kept apart by officers and barriers.

The EDL supporters chanted: "We hate Cameron."

The anti-fascist supporters chanted: "Racist scum off our streets."

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Arrests after London EDL demo

Supporters of the far-right EDL marched on Downing Street in a protest sparked by the killing of a soldier outside his barracks in Woolwich on Wednesday. Scotland Yard said 13 arrests were made during the protest and counter-protest.