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Arrests after anti-Islamist march
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Nine people were arrested after violence at a protest march against Islamic extremism.
The march in Luton, Bedfordshire, was a protest against an earlier demonstration by a fundamentalist Muslim group during the Royal Anglian Regiment's homecoming parade.
Several cars were damaged after a small group of people split off from the march and an Asian-owned business in Chapel Street had its windows smashed.
A group called March for England applied to Luton Borough Council for permission to march through the town centre today but their application was turned down.
A council spokeswoman said it became aware a small group of people planned to go-ahead with the march
Specifically, from Dunstable Today.
Luton Borough Council, which had initially given permission for the event to go ahead, yesterday said the event did not have an official go-ahead because the original organisers, March for England, had pulled out.
A spokeswoman said: "The police and the council are aware that a march is still going ahead, culminating in the submission of a petition to the council. Both the police and the council have not sanctioned this march and we would urge all those participating to have regard to the safety of others and to the need to comply with the law."
Mikey Birch, 22, now in charge of the event, said: "We want to warn any right-wing organisations they won't be welcome at the march. They won't be allowed to come in with us. . . If you're a racist, don't turn up."
The fears were sparked after disturbing messages were posted on the Facebook website page for the march, which is being organised by a group called United People Of Luton and takes place on Sunday at 4.45pm.