Far-right activists stage anti-Muslim demo in Sunderland park

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FAR-RIGHT protests held an anti-Islamic demo in a Sunderland park.

About 100 supporters of the North East Infidels and the Sunderland Defence League, as well as a small number of English Defence League members, were flanked by dozens of police in Mowbray Park this afternoon.

A protest in Mowbray Park on Saturday afternoon passed off largely peacefully as police looked on.

A protest in Mowbray Park on Saturday afternoon passed off largely peacefully as police looked on.

Protesters shouted “English ‘til I die” and held up banners promoting their cause.

Officers formed a line around the city centre park to ensure that the protest, which got underway at about 2.15pm, passed by peacefully.

The groups, many of whom had English and union flags draped around them, dispersed when the rally finished shortly before 3pm.

Paul Gill travelled to the rally from Northern Ireland, and said the gathering was “not racist” but was about addressing concerns in the community.

A protest in Mowbray Park on Saturday afternoon passed off largely peacefully as police looked on.

A protest in Mowbray Park on Saturday afternoon passed off largely peacefully as police looked on.