Two charged after Oxford stand-off between far-right group and anti-fascists

National Front members square up to the police

National Front members square up to the police

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FOUR people were arrested after protests in Oxford on Saturday.

A demonstration by a group calling itself the National Front was confronted by counter-protest by anti-fascist groups, Oxford Unite Against Fascism and Antifa.

Two of the four people arrested were charged yesterday.

Dominic O’Dwyer, 26, of Howard Street, Oxford, was charged with theft and obstructing or resisting a constable in execution of duty.

Subira Wahogo, 21, of Magdalen Road, Oxford, was charged with obstructing or resisting a constable in execution of duty and using threatening words or behaviour.

Two others, a 26-year-old man from Oxford and a 25-year-old man from Reading were cautioned for obstructing or resisting a constable in the execution of duty.

More than 50 police officers, including four on horseback, kept the two groups separate as both demonstrations – including more than 100 protesters overall – lasted for about two hours.

The right-wing group had organised to meet in the Four Candles pub in George Street ahead of their demonstration in Bonn Square at 1pm. However, the pub closed due to what staff described as “unforeseen” circumstances and about 40 people headed to the nearby Eurobar instead.

Counter-protesters, carrying banners and chanting slogans, met in Bonn Square at 11am andmarched to Gloucester Green, escorted by police.

Officers directed buses in and out of the station and kept the two sides apart until everyone dispersed at 3pm.

Police said the protests passed with “no major concern”.

Oxford Mail:

 Dr Hojjat Ramzy, above, addresses Oxford Unite Against Fascism and Antifa in Gloucester Green

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