Soldiers of Odin clash with anti-racism demonstrators in Vancouver

Police are investigating after an ugly confrontation at an anti-racism demonstration in Vancouver Sunday afternoon.

Organizers of the event say the Soldiers of Odin, an international organization that’s allegedly anti-immigration, showed up to intimidate the crowd.

Cellphone video from the event shows people in black sweaters fighting with those who had gathered in Victory Square in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver police officers stepped in and arrested three people. The three people arrested identified themselves as members of the Soldiers of Odin.

They were later released without charges.

Concerns were raised about the B.C. chapter of the Soldiers of Odin in Septemberafter the group posted videos of its members walking the streets of Vancouver, an activity it described as “a neighbourhood watch-based activity with a focus on the safety of women, children and the elderly.”

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