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Mat Trewern, from BBC Radio Manchester, said the atmosphere had turned "quite nasty" as the day progressed.
He said: "There had been some ugly scenes as protesters clashed with police, but it has started to calm down and the crowds are dispersing.
"At one point, earlier on, when it became extremely tense, members of the UAF tried to break the police line between the two groups, which in turn angered the EDL members.
"Trouble had started when 100 members of the EDL arrived at Piccadilly Gardens and they were immediately met with shouts of 'racists' and 'off our streets' by members of the UAF, who had already congregated at Piccadilly.
The sight of a Union flag inflamed supporters of the UAF, causing large numbers of protesters to go in search of the culprit.
Originally posted by neformore
I see two packs of idiots baying for each others blood with the Police in the middle.
Really, really sad.