In Britain, one of the largest police turnouts in recent history - an estimated 5,000 officers -- prevented potentially ugly clashes between National Front supporters and opposition Anti-Nazi and left-wing followers in election canvassing on Saturday (25 February).
EXTERIOR MV PAN: Boarded up shot fronts in Barkingside, Essex. (2 shots)
EXTERIOR GV PAN: Metropolitan police station, Barkingside.
CU PAN: copy of official police notice banning march.
GV: large squads of policemen marching onto duty points.
MV: Anti-Nazi Party members holding banners.
MV PAN: former young Liberal leader Peter Hain walking with banner.
GV ZOOM IN TO MV: Anti-Nazi party members held back by police ???.
MV: National Front members arrive by coach.
CU PULL BACK TO MV National Front leader Martin Webster surrounded by party members.
MV: leaflets being handed out to members.
GV ZOOM IN TO MV residents being handed leaflets by National Front members.
GV: National Front member speaking to residents at door.
MV: police car PULL BACK TO GV: IIford High School for Boys at Barkingside.
GV: National Front candidate John Hughes on dais PAN TO audience applauding.
MV: John Hughes speaking PAN TO crowd applauding.
HUGHES:"But the thing is, that everybody must respect other people's race. But, we do not want to mix our races. We can respect the black man, but we don't want to mix with him. And he doesn't want to mix with us.
A number of youths were arrested in the streets of IIford on charges of carrying offensive weapons. A police spokesman said the number of anti-Front protesters was wall below the anticipated 2,000. He considered many had been deterred from showing up looking for trouble because they knew the massive numbers of police would subdue their quest for violent action. The by-election in North IIford, which takes place on Thursday 2 March, was brought about by the death of the Labour MP, Millie Miller, who scored a narrow 800 votes win over the Conservative candidate in the 1974 election.
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Background: In Britain, one of the largest police turnouts in recent history - an estimated 5,000 officers -- prevented potentially ugly clashes between National Front supporters and opposition Anti-Nazi and left-wing followers in election canvassing on Saturday (25 February). Massive ??? of police blocked roadways leading to a high school where 600 right-wing National Front members held a rally for their candidate in a forthcoming bye-election. Most of the 28 reported arrests came during a brief skirmish between police and left-wing pickets outside IIford County High School.
SYNOPSIS: Knowing that National Front members and their ??? had clashed violently in the past, shopkeepers in the High street of Barkingside, a north ??? suburb, boarded up their windows.
Barkingside police station was the nerve centre for the gigantic police operation. Outside was a notice from the Metropolitan Commissioner of Police, Sir David McNes, banning street marchers. This two month ban forced the National Front to cancel as proposed march.
Anti Nazi-party members were blocked hundred of yards from the school. Their spokesman, Peter Hain, a former Young Liberal chairman, had promised peaceful process from the one thousand demonstrators. There were few incidents.
National Front members assembled a few miles away in the north of the constituency. The Front's national organiser, Mr Martin Webster, marshalled them and organised distribution of almost 40 thousand leaflets for their candidate Mr John Hughes.
The party members, whose main aim is to repatriate Britain's two million coloured immigrants, then distributed leaflets to local residents. Later they went to the high school, where police had set up their impenetrable security net. Candidate Hughes faced an overflew crowd, some of whom had travelled hundreds of miles. Race was his subject.