December 05, 2009
Posted by Antifascist
A large-scale police operation has been in operation in the city on Saturday ahead of the two demonstrations and a military parade. Hundreds of police officers have been deployed in the city centre. Police had planned to keep the two sides apart as Christmas shoppers and football supporters were in the city.
The Mercian Regiment also marched through Nottingham on Saturday morning.
Senior officers had planned a major operation to stop any violence during the English Defence League's planned protest against "radical Islam" and counter-protests from the Unite Against Facism group. Previous marches in Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds have led to disturbances and arrests in the city centres.
The statue of Robin Hood outside Nottingham Castle was boarded up to prevent damage during the protests.