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Man arrested as activists clash in Sevenoaks

Police were called to a town centre disturbance as activists and anti-fascists clashed.

Generation Identity, a “Pan-European Identitarian movement” held its “London” conference at the Stag Community Arts Centre in Sevenoaks yesterday.

The group, which aims to “stop the Islamisation of Europe” and “stopping and reversing the Great Replacement”, was due to speak to its followers in the capital before settling for the Kent town instead.

Police stock
Police stock

Guest speakers were billed to take the mic during the conference from 11am and it was broadcast via Facebook Live.

The venue took to social media to say Generation Identity had not told them the real reason behind the hiring of the theatre.

They wrote: "In relation to publicity today about The Stag. A group booked a room at The Stag Theatre under false pretences. As soon as we realised they weren't who they claimed to be and the content of the meeting it was ended. All the participants left The Stag within 15 minutes."

During the conference members of the anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate are reported to have arrived in Sevenoaks. A spokesman for the group denied it was involved in any altercations.

A police spokesman said: “We were called to premises in London Road, Sevenoaks, at 1.34pm on Saturday to a report of an assault where a large group of people had gathered.

“On attendance, the group had moved towards the High Street area and dispersed. The person who was reported to have been assaulted declined medical attention.”

A 27-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has been bailed, pending further inquiries until May 7.

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