Big police operation for rival protests in Bristol

A major police operation is underway in Bristol ahead of rival protests in Bristol. A group calling itself Gays Against Sharia is due to start a march at Temple Meads. A counter-demonstration is taking place by a group called Bristol United Against Fascism.

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'Gays Against Sharia' march starts in Bristol

Marchers leave Temple Quay accompanied by police. Credit: ITV News West Country

Around 60 people have begun a march from Bristol Temple Meads under the banner 'Gays Against Sharia'. The far-right group - surrounded by large numbers of police - are heading to Queen Square for a rally. All public entrances to Queen Square have already been closed off with metal gates to allow the rally to proceed.

Another view as marchers leave Temple Quay Credit: ITV News West Country

The group was invited to Bristol by a woman who does not wish to be named for fear of reprisals. ITV News West Country has spoken to a number of marchers - none of them is from Bristol.

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