Anti-fascism protesters clashed with cops today as the extreme right-wing British National party (BNP) held their annual conference in Denby, Derbyshire.

Is it right that people get violent over a political party that is perfectly legal, despite some of their odious views?

Anti-facist protesters clash with riot police outside BNP festival

By Daily Mail Reporter
16th August 2008
Daily Mail

About 40 anti-fascist protesters clashed with riot police outside the BNP’s annual festival.

Officers arrested six demonstrators as they tried to barricade a road and prevent British National Party members from attending the annual Red, White and Blue Festival in Denby, Derbyshire.

Police were pelted with stones by a breakaway group of protesters during the clashes.

Officers with batons, supported by dogs and a helicopter, quelled the disturbance.

Clash: Police clash with demonstrators

Earlier, some 700 demonstrators from Unite Against Fascism and the TUC and Unison unions took part in a rally in nearby Codnor.

Extra officers were drafted in to control the rally as protesters tried to march along a road leading to the festival, which is being held in a field.

Peter Goodman, assistant chief constable of Derbyshire Police, said: ‘A small group attempted to barricade the road. We responded quickly and efficiently and they were not successful in creating the barricade.’ Police said 250 officers were involved.

Bob Crow, of the RMT union, was at the rally. He said: ‘The BNP stands for everything that we are not.’

The BNP said about 4,000 are attending the festival, at which its leader Nick Griffin will speak.