Three men have been arrested for public order offences during marches held by British National Party members and anti-racism supporters in Liverpool.
The men are aged 20, 22 and 32 years, and from Prenton, Wallasey and Liverpool, Merseyside police said.
About 100 people from each campaign group were kept apart by police as they marched through the city centre.
Extra officers had been drafted in to cover the events, a police spokesman said.
Ch Supt Tony Doherty said: "The force liaised with both groups earlier in the week in a bid to minimise disruption to members of the public and to ensure that congestion was avoided where possible.
"Extra officers were brought in to ensure that everything ran smoothly and to reassure the public through highly visible policing."
Three men arrested as hundreds take to the streets of Liverpool in opposing marches
THREE men were arrested for public order offences during two opposing marches which took place in the city today.
Hundreds of people took part in British National Party and anti-racism marches in the city centre. There was a huge police presence throughout the day as BNP supporters and their opponents took to the streets of Liverpool. Three men, a 20-year-old from Prenton, a 22-year-old from Wallasey and a 32-year-old from Liverpool, were arrested. Nick Griffin, BNP chairman, flanked by at least six burly bodyguards, made a speech to a crowd of hundreds on the steps of St George’s Hall at lunchtime. The two groups were kept apart by Merseyside Police officers on foot, on horseback and in CCTV vans. Last weekend 13 British National Party (BNP) members were arrested on suspicion of giving out racist material near Whitechapel, Liverpool. On Saturday Merseyside Police said they had been released without charge after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.