Furious members of counter protest group We Are Bristol have come within yards of the EDL march - with 1,000 officers attempting to keep the two apart.
Local police, boosted by colleagues from around the country, herded the Far Right English Defence League marchers into a protected 'square' formation for their protest against Bristol's 'Islamification'.
Sixteen protesters were arrested as two major demonstrations took place in Bristol city centre
Officers policing the EDL march in Bristol have made seven arrests.
Thousands of protesters are expected to descend on Bristol today in one of the largest police operations in years.