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Hundreds of protesters descend on Whitehall after Tommy Robinson arrested for ‘breaching the peace’

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Whitehall had to be closed to traffic as a huge group gathered outside Downing Street on Saturday afternoon, chanting Mr Robinson’s name.

It comes after the founder of the English Defence League was apprehended by police while streaming a Facebook live video outside a grooming trial in Leeds on Friday morning.

In the footage, he can be seen being led to the back of a van and asking “Am I being arrested? I’m ‘causing a breach of peace’…I’m being arrested for breaching the peace.”

The incident has triggered a furious reaction from his fans, who could be heard chanting “shame on you” outside Whitehall.

Many protesters could be seen holding aloft “#FreeTommy” signs or waving flags, including the St George’s Cross, the Union Jack and the UKIP logo.

One woman held a cardboard sign which read: “Free the truth teller. Free Tommy”.

The protest later moved down the road to Parliament Square. Meanwhile, almost 70,000 people have signed a petition calling for Mr Robinson to be freed.

The Met Police said there had been no arrests.

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