Clashes between anti-fascist and BNP supporters in the city centre on Saturday resulted in three arrests.
Anti-fascist protesters gathered at one end of Church Street at 10am, while BNP members met at the other end – near the bottom of Lord Street – at midday. Merseyside Police say both groups had agreed to avoid conflict by remaining in their own designated area.
However, clashes erupted when the groups, numbering around 200 people, came into contact later in the afternoon, culminating when BNP chairman Nick Griffin arrived to give an address at St George’s Hall.
One onlooker said: “I didn’t see any fighting but there was a lot of verbal taunting.”
Peter Molloy, BNP candidate for Belle Vale ward said BNP members had complied with police and had not been involved in the clashes. A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “The force liaised with both groups to minimise disruption.”
The three Merseyside men, aged 20, 22 and 32, were arrested for public order offences but have now been released.
Liverpool Daily Post