LONDON (CBS) – Controversy is brewing in the UK as Muslim protesters and far-right groups fought in east London Tuesday during a homecoming parade of soldiers returning from duty in Afghanistan. Things started to heat up when a group gathered and started to hurl insults at the Muslim protesters.
Police had to separate the two sides and hold the Muslim protesters behind barricades but scuffles broke out and two men were arrested. Local people were incensed that the Muslim protest had been allowed to go ahead.
"Why are they in this country if they don't like us? They hate our boys and we love our boys. Why are they protected? We're not protected but they are. Why?" said one woman.
"I think what they were saying was absolutely disgraceful. They were talking about murderers, all sorts of wrong things and they were stirring up hate" said a man observing the scuffle.