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Seventeen Arrested in London Clash Between Fascists and Anti-fascists

Seventeen persons were arrested last night after a wild melee that followed an effort by John Tyndall, leader of the British Fascist movement, to hold an outdoor rally in the East London district of Dalston. Tyndall had formed his own Fascist group last year, after breaking with Colin Jordan, leader of the British Nazi Party. He had been Jordan’s top aide.

Although police formed a cordon composed of about 200 men to guard the meeting, anti-Fascist demonstrators broke through the police lines, tried to overturn Tyndall’s speakers platform, and clashed with the Tyndall supporters. The meeting broke up in disorder. Police officials did not say how many of the men arrested were Fascists or counter-demonstrators.

After the rally had been broken up, Tyndall and his supporters returned to their organization’s headquarters in South London. They were followed by about 30 men in automobiles. The latter group attacked the headquarters, and one man was injured by flying glass and taken to a hospital. No arrests were made as a result of the second altercation.

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