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Clashes fear over far-right vows to defend old statues

Guard: Protecting Churchill PICTURE: REUTERS

POLICE fear violent clashes in London this weekend with far-right groups taking on anti-racism protesters.

The Democratic Football Lads Alliance has urged members to ‘defend’ war memorials at Whitehall.

And former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has called for protests in a video accusing police of being ‘soft-handed’ at Black Lives Matter marches.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: ‘We have got the perfect storm ahead of us, we have got planned protests and now Tommy Robinson and his agitators.’

The warning comes as Millwall fans ‘guarded’ the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square after it was defaced. Supporters from other clubs have said they will use force to prevent vandalism.

Hope Not Hate’s Nick Lowles said their ‘real objective is simply violence’.