ABOVE: Michael Adebolajo
I’ve come out for a peaceful demonstration and this is what’s happened.
An injured BNP activist
WOOLWICH suspect Michael Adebolajo was last night charged with murdering soldier Lee Rigby.
The 28-year-old, from Romford, Essex, also faces two charges of attempting to murder police and one of gun possession.
The charges came as right-wing and anti-fascist protesters clashed following Drummer Rigby’s death.
The British National Party (BNP) and the English Defence League (EDL) hoped to draw large numbers of supporters to a series of rallies across the country.
The protests were poorly attended and passed off largely without incident.
But there was violence at the BNP’s demonstration in Westminster, London.
No more than 200 made it to the march, with 1,000 at a nearby Unite Against Facism (UAF) protest.
One injured BNP activist said: “I’ve come out for a peaceful demonstration and this is what’s happened.”
Metropolitan Police confirmed 58 people – all thought to be members of the UAF – were arrested for public order offences.
And ugly scenes were witnessed in Leeds where several arrests were made, including one member of the EDL and a member of an opposing anti-fascist group.
The 20-strong EDL contingent was outnumbered by at least 30 anti-fascist activists.
In Manchester police said there were no arrests after EDL and UAF demos.
Adebolajo was remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.