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UK police arrest 12 at London protest, block clashes

Demonstrators with the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) group, face off with police officers in central London, during a counter-protest against nearby demonstrations by right-wing Britain First and the English Defence League, Saturday April 1, 2017.  Extremist groups gathered in central London Saturday with a police presence keeping the groups apart. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

Demonstrators with the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) group, face off with police officers in central London, during a counter-protest against nearby demonstrations by right-wing Britain First and the English Defence League, Saturday April 1, 2017. Extremist groups gathered in central London Saturday with a police presence keeping the groups apart. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

British police have arrested 12 people and are taking steps to prevent clashes between far-right groups and anti-fascist demonstrators in London.

London's Metropolitan Police imposed conditions on the march and rally Saturday by Britain First and the English Defence League, which is described as a march against terrorism.

It's taking place near a counter-demonstration from the Unite Against Fascism group.

London police moved in to contain trouble when former ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson arrived.

Crowds must obey conditions, including following a particular route. Protesters gathered at Trafalgar Square and spilled on to nearby roads.

The protests come just 10 days after attacker Khalid Masood launched an 82-second rampage near Parliament that left four people dead, mowing down three pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbing a police officer in a Parliament courtyard.