Anti-fascists gathered in central London to counter a thousands-strong British National Party march on Saturday. Organised by anti-fascism organisation, Unite Against Fascism, the counter-demonstration launched a campaign - 'Don't let the racists divide us' - calling for the British public to reject what they believe to be fascist groups exploiting the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.
Tensions have run high at far-right rallies held across the country since serving soldier Lee Rigby was fatally stabbed by two men after running him down in a vehicle near the Woolwich Barracks in London. Over 100 balaclava-clad supporters of the extreme-right group clashed with police shortly after the murder on May 22, throwing glass bottles and rocks while gathering at the Woolwich Arsenal railway station.
The murder suspects have been identified as 28-year-old Briton of Nigerian descent, Michael Adebolajo, and 22-year-old Michael Adebowale. Adebowale, accused of the murder, appeared in court for the first time on May 30. Adebolajo remains in hospital, being treated for injuries sustained at the crime scene.
Lee Rigby's family released a statement ahead of June 1, emphasising that "Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against other".
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