Dover blocked by anti-immigration protesters

Traffic in the busy port of Dover was halted as protesters against immigration marched against migrant crossings.

Trucks are lined up on the A20 and cannot reach the important trading terminal. There is a strong police presence on site.

About 50 people, many of them carrying English flags, protested loudly as they walked down the two-lane road towards the city.

There were chants from “English streets” from the small group of mostly men.

A protester lying on the tarmac in front of the police commented, “If you can’t go abroad, you’re on the street in Dover.”

At one point a woman joined the group of anti-immigration protesters to loudly confront them and was confronted with shouts.

So far, officials have arrested a man, followed him past a fair and confronted him in a shop.

A large police presence is stationed in the city of Kent to monitor the demonstrations as there has been a history of unrest.

In a protest last September, anti-migrant protesters stalled traffic in the busy port after clashing with riot officials.

10 people were arrested in the 2020 demonstrations held in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest protest comes as people continue the dangerous journey across the English Channel in small boats.

About 25 people wearing life jackets and face masks were brought into port by Border Force the previous Saturday.

More crossings are expected as the UK and French authorities continue to operate in the narrow Dover Strait.

The number of people crossing the 21-mile route has almost doubled so far in 2021. More than 3,100 people reach the English coast.


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