LONDON (AP) — British police say the leader of England's far-right English Defense League has been charged with flouting restrictions imposed on his group's London protest.

The League, which focuses almost exclusively on the perceived threat of radical Islam to English values, had been denied permission to march through the British capital's heavily Muslim East End on Saturday.

London's Metropolitan Police said Sunday that Tommy Robinson has been charged with defying that ban and inciting "illegal public assembly." He has been released on bail until a court hearing next month.

The English Defense League's anti-Islam rhetoric has provoked alarm since the group first emerged several years ago, and its rallies have regularly turned violent, particularly when met with angry, far-left counterdemonstrators.

British police reported 300 arrests Saturday, the overwhelming majority among the counterdemonstrators.

 

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