British far-right burn EU flag as referendum looms

2016-05-29 07:11
(Justin Tallis, AFP)

(Justin Tallis, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dover - Far-right demonstrators burnt the EU flag on Saturday at a rally in Dover, Britain's closest town to continental Europe.

Police officers in high-visibility jackets surrounded the small number of demonstrators as they marched along the seafront of the southeast English port town.

One man held up an England flag with "Refugees NOT welcome" written on it.

Immigration has been one of the major issues in run-up to the June 23 referendum, when Britain votes on whether to stay in the European Union or leave.

"Far-right demonstrators have not succeeded in their attempts to close the port of Dover," said Charlie Elphicke, the MP for the town.

"Just 30-odd of the far right have turned up. So much disruption created by so few selfish people."

A rival counter-demonstration also took place.

One woman held up a sign that read "Racism hurts everyone".

Dover is 34 kilometres away from the northeast coast of France, which is visible across the Channel.

With less than four weeks to go until the referendum, the Remain campaign is on 53% support and the Leave camp on 47%, according to the What UK Thinks website's average of the last six polls.

Read more on:    eu  |  uk

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.