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Nine people have been arrested after anti-migrant protesters clashed with police and blocked a dual carriageway into Dover.

Rival groups assembled in the coastal town in Kent to demonstrate over the arrival of thousands of migrants in small boats.

Kent Police said the arrests were for alleged offences including racially aggravated public order, violent disorder and assaulting an emergency worker.

Image: Demonstrators brought traffic to a standstill
Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.

Many protesters wore Union flag face masks and carried banners, while some shouted "England til I die" and sang Rule, Britannia.

At one point, several officers were seen restraining a person on the ground.

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There have been other sporadic clashes, with at least 100 police officers at the scene by the A20.

Earlier, a group of around 60 people shouting anti-migrant slogans were seen moving along Dover seafront.

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Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.
Image: At least 100 police officers were at the scene
Anti-migrant protesters demonstrate in Dover against immigration and the journeys made by refugees crossing the Channel to Kent.

It is thought that groups from across the country have travelled to Dover.

Meanwhile, pro-migrant activists gathered in Market Square in the town in a demonstration organised by the Kent Anti Racism Network.

Addressing a crowd of about 100 people, Peter Keenan from Kent Refugee Help said when society sees those who are fleeing war and turns them away, "that says something about the state of your society".

Pro-migrant supporters during a 'solidarity stand' in Dover's Market Square in support of the refugees crossing the Channel to Kent
Image: Pro-migrant supporters turned out to make a 'solidarity stand' in Dover's Market Square

He added: "We are not those people. We are standing up and welcoming people who are in desperate circumstances fleeing from awful situations."

On Friday night the words "Rise above fear. Refugees welcome" were beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.

More than 1,450 migrants arrived in the UK by small boats in August – believed Read More – Source

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