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Clashes at far-right demo

Far-right supporters were involved in minor clashes with opponents on Saturday, while a separate march in London calling for sharia law Noun 1. sharia law - the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed; "sharia is only applicable to Muslims"; "under Islamic law there is no separation of church and state"
Islamic law, sharia, shariah, shariah law
 to be imposed was cancelled.

Around 1,500 anti-fascist protesters gathered in Leeds to demonstrate against a protest by several hundred supporters of the far-right English Defence League.

Police said officers on horseback on the back of a horse; mounted or riding on a horse or horses; in the saddle.

See also: Horseback
 and using police dogs had largely kept the rival groups apart.

Clashes had been feared at the planned Islam4UK demonstration in central London The term Central London refers to the districts of London which are considered closest to the centre. There is no such conventional definition, nor any official one, for the entire area that can be called "central London". , but Anjem Choudary, leader of the radical Islamic sect Al-Muhajiroun, said the march was cancelled because of security concerns.

A number of counter-demonstrations planned in London did take place, but on a small scale.

Only about 30 protesters gathered holding placards which read: "Islam will not dominate", "Free speech will dominate the world", and "March for England".

The Islamic Society of Britain What is ISB?
The Islamic Society of Britain (ISB) was set up for British Muslims to promote Islamic values.

Along with their youth wing, the Young Muslims UK (YMUK), they bring together the youth, men and women from all social and ethnic backgrounds, and different
, which was planning to stage a "dignified, non-violent" counter-demonstration, hailed the cancellation as a "great success".

A spokesman said: "Pressure from all sections of the community, including Muslims, has resulted in the Muhajiroun and the hot-heads rethinking their position."

The far-right has been under the spotlight since Nick Griffin, the leader of the anti-immigrant British National Party
This article is about the contemporary party. For the 1960s party, see British National Party (1960s).
The British National Party (BNP) is a white nationalist political party in the United Kingdom.
 (BNP BNP B-type natriuretic peptide, brain natriuretic peptide Physiology A 32-residue peptide hormone produced predominantly in the ventricles, secreted in response to fluid overload–eg, CHF. See Atrial natriuretic peptide. ), appeared on the country's leading political TV panel programme, "Question Time", this month.

Griffin said on the programme that Islam was not compatible with life in Britain.
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Date:Oct 31, 2009
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