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  • A counter protester gestures in a crowd of demonstrators opposing Tommy Robinson and the far-right group, UKIP.

    A counter protester gestures in a crowd of demonstrators opposing Tommy Robinson and the far-right group, UKIP. | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 December 2018

UKIP's Tommy Robinson, one of the organizers leading the protest, said it could resemble France's "Yellow Vest" movement.

Tens of thousands of counter-protesters and anti-fascists challenged thousands of far-right and right-wingers who rallied in London Sunday for a Pro-Brexit march.

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Around 15,000 counter-protesters took to the streets to oppose the “Brexit Betrayal”  led by Tommy Robinson and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a Momentum spokeswoman told the Press Association.

The “Brexit Betrayal” took aim at Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal to withdraw from the European Union, which protesters say doesn’t reflect the will of the people.

It was Robinson’s first major demonstration since his release from prison in October. His latest completed sentence, after having been arrested numerous time for charges ranging from leading public brawls at political rallies, assaulting a police officer, headbutting a counter protester, and using a false passport; was for a contempt of court charge in July for leaking information about an ongoing rape trial.

Far-right activists rallied around Robinson during his imprisonment, saying he was an innocent victim of a British government plot to silence him.

In November he became the political adviser to UKIP leader, Gerard Batten. His appointment sparked a wave of resignations from the party, including Brexiter Nigel Farage.

"The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate," Farage wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

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