British extremists show support for Wilders
A small group of protesters belonging to Britain's extremist English Defence League has gathered in Amsterdam to show support for anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders.
Watched by a large police force, the protesters gathered in fenced-off port area just west of the capital. Police succeeded in preventing confrontations with Ajax football fans staging a counter-protest. Police arrested a dozen people, among them four Britons and several Ajax fans.
Elsewhere, some 500 people attended a rally organised by the Platform against Xenophobia. No incidents were reported there.
The English Defence League, formed in 2009, says it wants to stop the spread of Islamism, Sharia law and Islamic extremism in England.
Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders is currently on trial on charges of group insult, inciting hatred and discrimination. A retrial was ordered a week ago after a review panel ruled that the judges had created an appearance of bias.
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