Waving flags and chanting, far-right marchers rallied in northern England on Saturday, their numbers apparently swelled by anger over the slaying of a British soldier by attackers who claimed an Islamist motive.

Protesters on the march organized by the far-right English Defence League told CNN that the soldier's killing in Woolwich, southeast London, had opened their eyes to the country's situation, and called for Muslims to leave.

Addressing the crowd in Newcastle, EDL leader Tommy Robinson said: "We cannot allow this soldier's death to be in vain.

"We are the only ones who dare say it. When did the truth become hate speech?"

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