Police arrests at right-wing demonstration

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Police in Helmond have arrested a number of people during a protest by the extreme right-wing NVU. Around 25 NVU members carrying flags and shouting nationalist slogans took part in the demonstration.

The arrests were made when counter demonstrators tried to break through police lines so that they could reach the NVU members. Around 200 counter demonstrators, many of them local residents, taunted the right-wing extremists. They are angry the the NVU was given permission to demonstrate in their neighbourhood.

It is not clear how many people have been arrested. Police on horseback and dog handlers were used to keep the crowd under control.

Strict measures were in place in the Brouwhuis neighbourhood in Helmond to avoid trouble during the demonstration.

The station and neighbourhood have been cordoned off by police. No-one is allowed into the neighbourhood except police, press and local residents. Four police corps and riot police have been deployed in Helmond to prevent disruption.

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