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Small rally met by hundreds in opposition

Counter-protesters arrested at far-right rally

Updated söndag 5 augusti 2012 kl 12.11
Published lördag 4 augusti 2012 kl 14.32
The counter-protesters gathering on Norra Bantorget in Stockholm. Photo: Caroline Åkerlund/Swedish Radio

Two people protesting against an extreme-right rally in Stockholm Saturday were arrested after trying to break through the police blockade. The pair, a 48-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, have received public defenders and will be interrogated Sunday.

Barely 50 protesters showed up to the central square Norra Bantorget for the extreme-right rally Saturday. Across the police blockade, about two hundred people had gathered to protest it.

"We are here to protest against the nazis and stop the English Defence League," one person chanted, news agency TT reports.

One police officer was taken to hospital after being hurt by fireworks at the rally.

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