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Westminster protests: 58 arrests

Police said 58 people from United Against Facism have been arrested during protests at Westminster. The group was protesting at the same time as members of the BNP, who called for the Government to act against Islamist hate preachers.

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Lee Rigby's family appeal for 'calm' ahead of marches

Protest marches in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby are set to take place today, after his family appealed for calm.

Far-right and opposing groups are planning demonstrations amid increased tensions following the 25-year-old's violent death.

Yesterday his family stressed that the young soldier would not have wanted violent attacks to be carried out in his name, and urged protesters to remain peaceful.

We would like to emphasise that Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others.

We would not wish any other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm and show their respect in a peaceful manner.

– Drummer Rigby's family; his mother Lyn, stepfather Ian, wife Rebecca and son Jack

Events have been planned in various locations across the country by the English Defence League, and protest group Unite Against Fascism is due to hold a demonstration in Woolwich at midday.

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