EXTREME politics took to the streets of South Shields at the weekend when hundreds of people turned out to support and oppose a right-wing march.
Right-wing groups the English Defence League and North East Infidels gathered in the town to “protect the inalienable rights of all people to protest against radical Islam’s encroachment into the lives of non-Muslims.”
Scores of local people were in the town centre and there were boos and jeers as about 200 police escorted the march from Mile End Road through Fowler Street to Beach Road and down Sea Road.
When the march reached Pier Parade it was met by a rally of about 100 anti-fascist protesters, who had gathered at the junction of Ocean Road and Lawe Road.
Most of the right-wing groups remained behind a police cordon at the Wouldhave Memorial, though some broke free through and charged at the counter protesters across North Marine Park.
Trouble flared but police with dogs broke it up, standing between the two groups. Seven arrests were made.