Lincoln anti-mosque and counter protests proceed peacefully

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Lincoln on Saturday, June 8, for a protest against plans to build a mosque in Lincoln, as well as a separate anti-racism demonstration.

Around 250 anti-mosque protestors were in the City Square area, while around 100 people took part in the counter-demonstration in Cornhill. There was a strong police presence in the city throughout the day, with Lincolnshire Police getting assistance from Thames Valley and Metropolitan Police forces. No arrests were made.

Both demonstrations had several people speaking for their cause, though the two groups almost clashed twice near Cornhill, where mainly chants and shouts were exchanged. Both protests dispersed at around 3pm, with police escorting the remaining anti-mosque protestors to a pub down the High Street, where they remained for the afternoon.

Lincolnshire Police Superintendent Paul Gibson said: “A significant amount of people protested peacefully in Lincoln today. Although there were very small pockets of minor disorder, our officers engaged proportionally and there was no need for any arrests. From a policing perspective, it has been a successful operation.”

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