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Saturday 23 January 2010: The English Defence League (EDL) reappeared on the streets of England for the first time this year, this time in Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands.
Within minutes of the 500-strong protest tried to breach police lines and the scene quickly deteriorated into heavy violence. 17 people have so far been arrested.
The EDL have continually claimed to be non-racist and non-violent. Again this video shows a very different reality.
NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
Sky News Report
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Seventeen people were arrested at an English Defence League (EDL) rally in Stoke-on-Trent after trouble broke out.
Four officers were injured and vehicles were damaged when EDL supporters broke through police cordons. Two of the officers needed hospital treatment.
About 1,500 EDL supporters were at the rally in Hanley on Saturday to protest about Islamic extremism, police said.
Up to 300 members from the group Unite Against Fascism gathered on the other side of Hanley centre.
Supt Dave Mellor of Staffordshire Police said more than 600 officers had been deployed to the rally and disorder had been "sporadic".
One officer needed hospital treatment for an arm injury, another needed a facial injury to be examined by doctors. The two other injured officers returned to duty immediately.
During the protest outside The Reginald Mitchell pub in Stoke city centre, the group was surrounded by about 100 officers.
Its members waved placards proclaiming "Patriotism is not racism" and "Terrorists off our streets".
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