"THEY denied being fascists ahead of their first Welsh march – but at yesterday's Welsh Defence League protest against Islamic extremism onlookers were confronted with scenes of jeering men giving Nazi salutes.
It was the first time the newly-formed group have been out on the streets in Wales. At a similar event in Birmingham a few weeks ago trouble flared when the English Defence League, which describes itself as "peacefully protesting against militant Islam", and anti-fascism groups fought on the street.
At the gathering in Swansea, a 25-year-old man was arrested for a racially-aggravated public order offence.
The controversial march had sparked a counter-demonstration, with about 200 protesters occupying the city centre.
A heavy police cordon on either side of Castle Street in Swansea city centre kept the two groups apart.
Speaking before its demonstration, the Welsh
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