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How the weekend riots unfolded.

Midday: Riot police begin patrolling Broad Street and the city centre. 12.30pm: Members of the English Defence League meet at the Figure of Eight pub on Broad Street and begin drinking.

12.45pm: A separate group of socialist protesters meets in Victoria Square. 2.00pm: Around 70 members of the EDL, some with dogs, make their way down Broad Street to Victoria Square.

2.15pm: The two groups square up to each other as a handful of police officers try to separate them.

2.30pm: Dozens of police vans descend on New Street and banks of riot cops seal off four roads as running battles begin.

2.40pm: Around 100 members of the EDL are confined in Bennett's pub by police.

3.00pm: A group of 60 Asian men tries to storm the pub but is chased away by police.

4.00pm: The EDL protesters are loaded onto two double-decker buses. 4.05pm: The group of Asian men returns and bombard the buses with bricks and other missiles.

4.10pm: Members of the EDL are seen ripping up seats on the buses. 5.00pm: A small EDL protest is held at Lancaster Circus under heavy police supervision.

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A protester confronts the police line Face-to-face violence in the city centre before some protesters are loaded on to buses to be moved away Police contain protesters in the Bennett's pub in the city centre Above, English Defence League supporters are corralled in a subway
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